Denton, Texas (PRWEB) August 10, 2016
Delta Dental Insurance Company announced today that it has awarded a $10,000 grant to First Refuge Ministries’ dental clinic to improve access to oral health.
The Denton Dental Mission, owned by First Refuge Ministries, offers dental care to those who are not able to afford services in Denton County.
The grant, awarded by the Delta Dental Community Care Foundation, is one of several given in the state to help improve the oral health of underserved children and adults, particularly in rural locations where access to dental care may be limited. Launched in 2011, the foundation has given a total of $9.5 million in grants in several states, including more than $800,000 in Texas.
"As a leader in the dental industry, we take seriously our duty to reach out to communities to help improve access to dental care," said Belinda Martinez, president of Delta Dental Insurance Company. "We are pleased to further extend the ability of clinics and organizations already providing dental care to those in need and who might otherwise go without, due to financial barriers."
“This grant will help our ministry serve more people in the Denton community,” said Paul Juarez, executive director of First Refuge Ministries. “We were delighted when we heard the good news.”
About Delta Dental Insurance Company
Delta Dental Insurance Company and its affiliates collectively provide dental benefits plans to 34.5 million people in 15 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The group of companies donated $6.9 million in 2015 in support of programs focusing on prevention of dental disease, access to care, advancement in dental science and exploring the connections between oral and overall health. All are part of the Delta Dental Plans Association, the nation’s largest dental benefits system.
About First Refuge Ministries
First Refuge Ministries is located in the heart of Denton, Texas. The ministry’s goal is to minister to the entire person, including physical, emotional and spiritual needs, and to offer essential services to the underserved in the community. The ministry provides people with free dental, medical, counseling and access to a food pantry. The Dental Clinic exists to advance dental health and provide access to dental care for the underserved in Denton through professional and community support. The clinic is the only free dental clinic in Denton County. The Medical Clinic provides medical care (including chiropractic) for those in Denton without insurance. Counseling services are for individuals, couples, families and groups. Counselors and clients work together to identify goals for counseling and to move toward meeting those goals. Food Pantry assists people in the Denton community who are hungry and in need of food during a financial crisis.