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New Partnership Quadruples Number of Dental Patients Served

We are thrilled to be partnering with Texas A&M Baylor College of Dentistry to serve even more patients in our four state-of-the-art treatment rooms. The volunteer dental professionals who were the backbone of our dental clinic efforts for over 10 years are still on the job and their volunteerism is greatly appreciated. However, the new partnership greatly adds to our capacity.

Texas A&M Baylor College of Dentistry is providing three dental students, a faculty supervisor, two dental assistants and a dental assistant/dental office manager who are at NDSM five hours each weekday. They are able to treat up to 30 patients per day. They are joined by four dental hygiene students from Concorde Career College.

The Hamon Charitable Foundation played a big role in making this happen, when it funded the renovation and updating of our Dental Clinic in 2012 and 2013. The improvements made NDSM an attractive partner for Baylor’s College of Dentistry’s community-based clinical training program.

We initiated adult emergency dental care in 2003, offering extractions only. We are now offering extractions, fillings, root canals, cleaning and prostheses as replacement front teeth. In the near future we anticipate treating children as well.

We are grateful to all those who have contributed to this effort and heartened that we are able to bring these services to our community.

Over Four Million Dollars!

We identified over $ 4.1 million in tax refunds while preparing 2,460 tax returns this year – both records! In addition to identifying refunds, we also saved our clients at least an estimated $ 369,000 in fees and helped them avoid the “instant refunds” that are actually extremely high interest loans.

By comparison, we filed 2,289 returns in 2013, identifying $ 3.2 million in refunds and saving clients at least $ 340,350 in fees.

We’d like to thank all the volunteers who generously donated their time and Foundation Communities for sponsoring our efforts.