Volunteer Run Dental Clinic is Making Middle Georgia Great

Volunteer Run Dental Clinic is Making Middle Georgia Great

As we continue our Wednesday night series of Making Middle Georgia Great, we take you to a dental office in Byron, which is run entirely by volunteers.

The volunteers of the Rehoboth Life Care Ministries, give their time by providing dental services to those who cannot afford a doctor.

The sounds are familiar, and the look inside the office is professional. But there is something different about the office in Byron.

"There's not a clinic like this anywhere in middle Georgia," Volunteer Coordinator Yesmin Wilson says.

There are a couple of reasons for that.

"We're not a full time clinic," Wilson explains. "We're not here every day, we're not even here every week."

The staff and doctors in the office, are all volunteers. And every patient, is carefully selected according to the federal poverty guidelines.

"We do thousands and thousands of dollars worth of dentistry here at this clinic, for a fraction of what you would do in a private setting."

But there's something else that sets this one-time church parsonage, apart from all the other dentist offices.

"We also share the love of Jesus Christ with the patients that come our way,"Wilson says.

Counselors are also on site for guidance.

And all of the equipment in the office, has been donated. Even the state-of-the-art panoramic X-ray machine.

Addie Daniels is in for a routine cleaning.

"It's a blessing," Daniels says when asked why this clinic is important to her. "That's the best way I can say it. It's a blessing...It's just incredible, you can't really speak on how good they are."

Last year, the clinic recorded 1,200 volunteer hours, saw 238 patients, and was only open 20 days.

"It doesn't seem like a whole lot, but it's 238 patients that would never have gotten dental care if we had not been here," Wilson says.

To get more information about the Lifecare Ministries organization, you can check out their website by clicking here.

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