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Salvation Army to Provide Dental Care to Stockton's Homeless

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, May 2, 2013

Bad teeth and poor vision can sometimes stand in the way of somebody getting a job. One charitable group is hoping free dental and vision care might make finding work a little easier.

The Salvation Army has been feeding and housing the homeless for decades.

In Modesto, the Army is doing even more to help the homeless and jobless to get back into the mainstream.

A few months ago, it started an optical clinic, providing eye exams and glasses.

Salvation Army official Brian Aird says next month it will offer a dental clinic.

AIRD: "Individuals are looking for something so they would get a job and it never came to our mind that part of that need was to do dental work and aid in this way will help them to help break that cycle of homelessness."

Aird says already many dentists have volunteered to work at the upcoming clinic.

Last year, a free dental fair in Modesto certainly demonstrated the need as thousands were treated by 600 volunteers.

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