Grant Supports Opening a Free Dental Clinic for Uninsured Adults

San Luis Obispo, CA  The SLO Noor Foundation has received a $2,000 grant from the Darcie & Nicholas Thille Charitable Gift Fund held by Ventura County Community Foundation.  The funds support the efforts underway to open a free dental clinic for uninsured adults.

The free dental clinic will be located at 3071 South Higuera Street, Suite 110, San Luis Obispo.  It is currently undergoing tenant improvements to create a dental office with 3 operatories. Construction should be completed within the next few weeks so the dental clinic can open later this summer.

Volunteer dentists, hygienists, and dental assistants will provide oral exams, hygiene treatments, and basic restorative procedures for adults who previously skipped or postponed oral health care because they can’t afford out-of-pocket costs.

The dental services will compliment the other high quality health care services offered by the SLO Noor Clinic to the county’s uninsured since it opened in October 2011.  There is no sliding scale; no patient ever pays a penny for the services they receive. In just over a year since its opening, the SLO Noor Clinic’s volunteer medical staff has provided more than 2,000 patient visits for medical and vision care, performed in-house lab tests valued at more than $74,600, and provided free prescription eyeglasses worth more than $143,500.

For more information on the SLO Noor Clinic or to find out how you can help, log onto the slonoorfoundation.org or call (805) 439-1797.

The Ventura County Community Foundation is a charitable foundation committed to promoting and enabling philanthropy, building long term capital to benefit Ventura County.  Its four primary roles are to be a careful steward of the funds entrusted to its care, a long term partner dedicated to donor intent, an effective grantmaker focusing on the needs of nonprofits and of the community, and a community leader and convener, focusing on the common good.