Low-income dentistry gets boost

Jim Robertson, president of the Peninsula Rotary, hands a check to Dian Cooper of the Family Health Center. Rotarians donated $1,000 to the center for its efforts to start a program for low-income dental care at the North Beach Clinic in Klipsan Beach.

KLIPSAN - The Family Health Center [FHC] wishes to say thank you for donations made to make low-income dental care for local residents possible.

Arlene LeVigne, clinic manager, said donations made by local individuals, civic organizations and businesses have put the center on track to make dental care for everyone a reality.

The FHC has applied for federal grants to start the facility, but it is still in need of support to make the projected August 2004 opening.

LeVigne said the one full-time and two part-time dentists on the Peninsula cannot serve all people in need of dental care, and the proposed dental program at the FHC would allow low-income residents, especially children, to get basic needs such cleaning, emergency care and hygiene instruction.

An anonymous donor recently surprised the FHC with a check for $5,000, and the Moose Lodge, Pacific Realty, Ocean Park Chamber of Commerce, Peninsula Rotary and the Long Beach Grange have all made substantial contributions.

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