Upward Bound House

Since 2009, the Wilson-Jennings-Bloomfield UCLA Venice Dental Center (VDC) 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 families in Santa Monica and Culver City. 

With support from the community, the VDC has been able to provide dental care to UBH patients who would otherwise be unable to afford care and advanced treatment. This is especially noteworthy because the majority of community dental clinics don’t offer specialty services to their patients. The VDC clinicians and care providers have greatly improved the general health of UBH clients, as well as enhanced their appearance and confidence. In addition, patients now have access to exams, fillings, gum treatment, crowns, root canals and dentures. As a result, these patients are able to seek repair and replacement for their teeth after extraction. Furthermore, this care has resulted in esthetic and social benefits. 

Concurrently, the complex cases presented by these homeless patients provide excellent clinical experiences for the UCLA dental students, residents, and faculty providing the treatment and will further prepare them to work with similar cases in low-income community health clinic settings.

Contact Us

If you are interested in making a donation to help support the Upward Bound House patient care subsidy fund, please contact our Office of Development at:

Sarah Porter
Executive Director of Development
(310) 206-6079