JoAnn Reyes, Jamie Phillips, Dr. Laurence Oliver and Pastor Orlando Reyes prepare for the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Grand Opening of the Hope SMILE Center. Dec. 2012.
Miracles have been happening at The Hope SMILE Center since the Grand Opening in Dec. 2012. It took over 3 years to get it all ready and thanks to Dr.Laurence Oliver and his close friend, Jamie Phillips, all the furniture, fixtures and equipment (X Ray machines etc.) were donated through various dentists throughout the metroplex.
The final donation came when a $30,000 grant was donated from TCU Honor’s Class – The Nature of Giving, which provided all the surgical tools and various equipment to open the Center.
Dr.Laurence Oliver says his favorite day of the week is working in the Hope SMILE Center, caring for the individuals who have lost their Smiles… and helping them find their confidence to smile again.
Dr. Oliver creating a NEW SMILE!
Most people can’t imagine what it would be like to have to cope day in and day out with missing, rotting teeth and bad breath (as a result of gum disease). Many low-income individuals experience pain and discomfort that accompanies such decay, yet are not able to afford going to the dentist for treatment. The Hope SMILE Center is the only non-profit dental center in Fort Worth that gives New SMILES by replacing teeth.
Patients that are seen at the Hope SMILE Center tell the staff that they have suffered with the pain for years and had lost hope of ever living pain free and having their smile restored. They share how difficult it is to find employment because of their appearance. One of the missions of the Hope SMILE Center is helping individuals find meaningful employment as a result of getting a beautiful SMILE.
They struggle with embarrassment over bad breath from gum disease and from the missing and broken teeth. Many have lost their dream of ever finding employment again. In a sense, it is as if they were trapped by their own body and unable to confidently engage in normal conversation with others. And if they do, they often hold their hand over their mouth when they speak in order to cover the ugliness and shame an of their teeth.
The pain and shame of losing your teeth and you can’t afford to get them repaired.
Now She has a beautiful new Smile.
Before(left) Louise was in pain and had lost hope of ever finding employment because of the condition of her mouth.
Afterward: (right) she has a beautiful new SMILE with new HOPE for a bright future.
George suffered for many years.
MIRACLES are happening in the lives of so many people at The HOPE Center as Dr. Oliver creates beautiful SMILES that transforms their lives. Meet George: He had suffered with pain for over 10 years with broken and missing teeth. He is homeless yet he faithfully comes every week to the Fort Worth HOPE Center and volunteers to put food in the cars of families who come on food distribution day to pick up their food.
He was recommended by the Fort Worth HOPE Center to receive a NEW Smile and now he has a beautiful new SMILE that lighten up the room when he walks in. He is so thankful for this miracle of his new smile. It is a testimony to all who meet him of the blessing of God on his life as he served others, God blessed him with a SMILE. Even though he had great need himself, he faithfully volunteers to serve others.
George has volunteered for years at The HOPE Center….now he has a beautiful new smile..
What JOY comes in the lives of all of us as we witness the miracles at the Hope SMILE Center. These smiles are life changing not only for those who receive them but also for those who witness the transformation it makes for those who receive them.
Self esteem is restored and HOPE bubbles up in the hearts of all who are experience receiving a new smile and in those who witness it. What an exciting time it is around Fort Worth HOPE Center as we all rejoice with the many who are finding new HOPE of a better future because of their beautiful New Smiles.
The Hope SMILE Center is only open one day a week at this time. But as more Dentists volunteer it will be open 5 days a week as they join with Dr. Oliver in this wonderful adventure and expand the clinic’s efforts to be used by God to bring HOPE to the HOPELESS.
Come by and visit Dr. and Mrs. Oliver (Patty) and their Dental Assistant, Melissa Bradley
Patty Oliver serves along side her husband, Dr. Laurence Oliver, at the HOPE SMILE Center.
How Can YOU help?
Volunteer your time as a Dentist or Dental Hygienist. Dr Oliver donates one day a week to create new SMILES . He is looking for other Dentist and Dental Hygienist to join him in this incredible adventure of Changing LIVES. Please call today! There are hundreds on the waiting list …..Dr. Oliver needs your help.
JoAnn Reyes: The Fort Worth HOPE Center 3625 E. Loop 820 S., Fort Worth, TX 76119 email@example.com
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Hope SMILE Center is located in the Fort Worth HOPE Center: 3625 E. Loop 820 S. Fort Worth, TX 76119.
Phone: 617-396-4673 or 617-396 – HOPE