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Testimonials – Together We’re Making a Difference

Several of our grantees share how our partnership is improving the oral health and overall well-being of their patients:

Paterson Public Schools
“Due to the generous grants received from the Foundation in 2010, 2011, and 2012, Paterson Public Schools was able to continue to hire a dentist to treat uninsured children residing in Paterson. This makes Paterson's school system the first school system in New Jersey to have a clinical dentist treating students in the district's school-based clinic that operates five days a week, 11 months each year. Without the support of the Foundation, children would be on a long list waiting for appointments in offices throughout the city. Many of the children who access the dental clinic have not had any dental treatment until an emergency visit to ease pain. The Foundation grant allows the district's clinic to operate as a regular dental office with regular recalls to follow-up with preventive care once emergency and restorative visits are complete. The Foundation not only provided financial support for the dentist, but provided funds to support a dental assistant training program located in HARP Academy of Health and Sciences. We were able to purchase a dental chair, an x-ray unit, and various dental instruments necessary for treatment with the grant funds. Additionally, the fluoride rinse program materials were purchased with Foundation funds. Our program has flourished due to the Foundation's continued generosity."Maria Workman, RDH, MS, Coordinator, Paterson Public Schools Office of Dental Services, Division of Health, 2012

Eva’s Village Inc.
"Eva’s Village Healthcare is grateful to Delta Dental of New Jersey Foundation for its initial support to assist us in opening our dental clinic and for its continued support throughout the years. The clinic is truly a collaborative effort providing quality dental care to the poor, homeless, and addicted who come to Eva's Village. Dr. Brian Ullmann began the clinic in 2002 and actively recruits dentists of varying specialties to assist him in his mission of providing quality dental care to this population in need. For a population who faces numerous barriers to access, even the most basic primary care, the opportunity to receive free dental services is a rare chance to address the neglect caused by addiction, homelessness, or simple inability to pay. With a new smile, our clients are provided health, hope, and dignity and we thank you for your many years of support for this special program.”Marie Reger, Executive Director, Eva’s Village, Inc., 2012

Dental Lifeline Network
"Since the inception of the Donated Dental Services (DDS) program in 1988, Delta Dental of New Jersey Foundation has contributed $395,000 to develop and nurture this volunteer effort to help people with disabilities or who are aged or medically at risk throughout the state that cannot afford treatment nor get public aid. Delta Dental's extraordinary generosity has enabled the 748 volunteer dentists and 138 dental laboratories to contribute over $17 million in services for more than 8,000 vulnerable individuals with seriously neglected problems who have nowhere else to turn for help. Care for people like 58-year-old Ms. R. who lives alone and suffers from fibromyalgia, severe back problems, eye and facial spasms, and lithium poisoning. In addition, many of her teeth were decayed and she needed significant dental care but could not afford it. Thankfully, Ms. R. learned of the DDS program and was linked with a team of generous volunteers who agreed to help. Thanks to this kind team, Ms. R. received $11,655 worth of dental care that she could not afford on her own!” - Fred Leviton, President, Dental Lifeline Network, 2012

The Foundation of UMDNJ
“Our partnership with Delta Dental of New Jersey dates back more than 20 years. Through its Foundation, Delta Dental has supported a variety of programs including the Annual L. Deckle McLean Memorial Lecture at UMDNJ-New Jersey Dental School and dental assisting and dental hygiene scholarships for students at the UMDNJ-School of Health Related Professions in Scotch Plains. In 2004, we were grateful to receive the largest gift in the Dental School’s history from Delta Dental, $2 million, to build and equip the Delta Dental Educational Conference Center, which today serves as a vibrant facility that fosters the learning environment for students, healthcare professionals, and the community. Most recently, a $1.5 million gift from Delta Dental will allow New Jersey Dental School to expand and modernize its Special Care Center, to be renamed the Delta Dental Special Care Center, which will provide dental care to people with severe cognitive and physical impairments. Because there are so few facilities in New Jersey that provide dental care for these special needs patients, this gift will allow the School to more fully meet the needs of this special patient population.” - George F. Heinrich, MD, Vice Chairman & CEO, The Foundation of UMDNJ, 2012

Matheny Medical and Educational Center
“Delta Dental of New Jersey's partnership with Matheny Medical and Educational Center's outpatient dental center of excellence is crucial to the continued operation of our service to provide quality, comprehensive dental care to children and adults with a wide variety of chronic neurologic disabling conditions. Patients with disabilities are the most ignored and underserved patient population we know of." - Gary E. Eddey, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Vice President for Medical Affairs

“This grant has benefited the children and families in EASTCONN Early Head Start and Head Start. Families receive oral health education from their family advocate when they enroll in the program. If they don't have a dentist, we have them sign up for the Generations Across the Smiles Dental Van. This grant has assisted the program in having more children receive preventive dental care, and for those children that need it, restorative care, all while they are at school for the day. We have more families with dental homes, more children receiving dental exams, more children who need it receiving restorative care, and more staff and families receiving oral health education.” - Kimberly McClure, MPH, EASTCONN Assistant Director of Early Childhood Services, 2012

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