The Samaritan Inn is my official charity.
Located right here in McKinney, the Samaritan Inn is a shelter organization that graciously reaches out to families, children, and individuals without a home. But it’s more than just a place to spend the night. It’s a comprehensive program that breathes new life into those experiencing homelessness by teaching self-sufficiency and life skills.
To help support my charity, I select one patient at a time and provide them with dental service at no cost. My aim is to remove their pain and provide them with the confidence they need to achieve their future goals.
Today, I had the chance to meet Prudence, an amazing person from The Samaritan Inn in McKinney. She was referred to me by her caseworker who mentioned that her dental issues were a barrier to her seeking employment.
Her story was both inspiring and frightening. Just a few years ago she was able to afford expensive implant dentistry but found herself in a personal struggle that she had no control over. As a result, she lost everything and became homeless. It was scary reminder that homelessness can happen to anyone at anytime – even to the most financially stable people.
Her crowns were fractured and stained and she came to me to restore her smile. She wanted to feel confident again in her work interviews. I was determined to make it work that day, so Prudence and I spent 5 hard hours of hand carving her custom smile.
In the end, both her and I were ecstatic with the results. This was by no means a permanent solution, but at least we can both smile at what we achieved today.
Amy is from the Samaritan Inn and came to me with pain, infection and an uncomfortable smile. I was blessed to have a chance to restore her health and smile and get to know her as a wonderful person.