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.