Mobile Dental Van Ministry at All Saints
Although a large part of our work is abroad, local health needs--like dental care--are also incredibly important to us. When dental issues arise, Mobile Dental Clinics provide people in the Pacific Northwest with a safe, free, and welcoming place where their urgent dental needs are met.
Our Mobile Dental Clinic vans travel to urban centers, schools, shelters, and rural areas to bring free dental care to local veterans, homeless, immigrants, low-income families, and anyone else needing affordable care. We met Sophin during a Mobile Dental Clinic in Southeast Portland. An immigrant from Thailand, Sophin spent years working to become a permanent resident. When he came to America, he expected a better life with better chances. This became true in many ways, but he still can’t afford medical or dental care.
At the Mobile Dental Clinic, Sophin was able to get a filling to fix his broken tooth. Without the care that he received, he would have been left in pain with very few places to turn for help. He expressed that he really appreciates what the volunteers do and is glad that they were able to help him. Sophin shared that he also volunteers--he spends his free time volunteering locally with Meals on Wheels.