Serving the Homeless Population in Los Angeles

Since 2009, the Wilson-Jennings-Bloomfield UCLA Venice Dental Center (insert later) (VDC) with donor support, has provided oral health care services to adult patients from Upward Bound House (UBH), an independent non-profit institution that operates residential facilities for homeless Westside families in Los Angeles. Only with support from the community, has the VDC been able to provide dental care to UBH patients who would otherwise be unable to afford care and advanced treatment.

Patients have access to annual exams, hygiene services, fillings, gum treatment, crowns and bridges, root canal treatment, and fixed and removable prosthesis. These patients are able to seek repair and replacement for their teeth after extraction, resulting in esthetic and social benefits. The physical relief, overall confidence, and encouragement provided at the VDC plays a vital role in patients reintegrating into the workforce.

“…I had some major work done on my front teeth. This treatment gave me such a boost of confidence. I’m feeling so much better about myself now. I was able to go on job interviews and just started a new job, so this was so helpful to me. I’m very appreciative.”

- Upward Bound House patient

The complex cases presented by these homeless patients provide excellent clinical experiences for UCLA dental students and residents providing the treatment and further prepares them for similar cases in community health clinic settings.

Contact Us

To support the Upward Bound House patient care subsidy fund, so we can continue our life-changing work, please contact our Office of Development:

Sarah Porter
Executive Director of Development
Phone: (310) 206-6079
Email:
 sporter@support.ucla.edu