Grant Helps Fish For Teeth Maintain Services

Posted January 10, 2021 at 5:00 am by

Dental Appointments Available, Fish Tacos On Friday

From Fish For Teeth

Fish for Teeth is con­tin­u­ing its tooth-fix­ing mis­sion by bring­ing the Med­ical Teams Inter­na­tion­al Mobile Den­tal Van to Fri­day Har­bor from Wednes­day, Jan. 13-Sat­ur­day, Jan. 16.

There are still a few appoint­ments avail­able on Fri­day, Jan. 15 and Sat­ur­day, Jan. 16. Apply at fishforteeth.com or at the San Juan Coun­ty Health Depart­ment, or San Juan Island Fam­i­ly Resource Center.

Fish for Teeth serves indi­vid­u­als who do not have den­tal insur­ance and can­not afford den­tal care.

There are no income restric­tions, as Fish for Teeth seeks to fill the gap of those “in the mid­dle” between qual­i­fy­ing for gov­ern­ment-fund­ed pro­grams and being able to inde­pen­dent­ly afford need­ed care for them­selves or their families.

If you are in need of den­tal care and haven’t seen a den­tist because you can­not afford it, then you should apply to Fish for Teeth.

Those on Medicare are also wel­come to apply. Fish for Teeth real­izes there are very few den­tists on the islands who accept Medicare-fund­ed patients. Islanders must go off-island (and miss a day of work) in order to find a den­tist who will accept Medicare; most peo­ple can­not afford that option and wind up liv­ing with a toothache.

Fish Tacos

Fish Tacos will be at the San Juan Island Com­mu­ni­ty The­atre on Fri­day, Jan. 15 from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., or until they sell out.

Fish for Teeth exists because there is a tremen­dous need in San Juan Coun­ty. Fish for Teeth has been spon­sor­ing the MTI Den­tal Van since 2012, pay­ing for it by accept­ing dona­tions for Fish Tacos three times a year. Unso­licit­ed dona­tions by indi­vid­u­als in our com­mu­ni­ty help fill the gap where Fish Tacos fall short.

Grant

The MTI Den­tal Van has been com­ing four times per year, and Fish for Teeth plans on keep­ing that sched­ule even though Covid-com­pli­an­cy means the den­tal van can only uti­lize one of the two den­tal chairs avail­able, which reduces the patients by half. Instead of ful­fill­ing half the need, Fish for Teeth has dou­bled-down and is host­ing the den­tal van for twice as long.

Through a grant from the North Sound Account­able Com­mu­ni­ties of Health Oral Health Local Impact Net­work, fund­ed by Arco­ra, the same amount of islanders will be served by bring­ing the van to San Juan Island for four days instead of the usu­al two days. The ACH grant does not cov­er all the costs, so Fish for Teeth will keep to our grind­stone, crank­ing out Fish Tacos to pay the bills that will make this ser­vice pos­si­ble (and accept­ing dona­tions from individuals).

Volunteers

Kiwa­nis Club of Fri­day Har­bor is a key con­trib­u­tor to mak­ing Fish Tacos hap­pen.  Kiwa­nis appear like food-ser­vice Angles, cre­at­ing mir­a­cles in the fish taco realm.

Many oth­er local busi­ness­es con­tribute to Fish for Teeth as well; an incom­plete list of thank-yous goes to: Fri­day Har­bor Suites, Mullis Senior Cen­ter, SJI Com­mu­ni­ty The­ater, Amer­i­can Legion Post 163, FH Grange, Cynthia’s Bistro, Port of Fri­day Har­bor, Earth Box Suites, Fri­day Har­bor Seafood, Sasha’s Island Trans­port, Pablito’s Sal­sa, FH Ace Hard­ware… And a very abbre­vi­at­ed list of indi­vid­u­als: Dr. Michael Horn, DDS, Sandy Rabi­nowitz, Kris­ten Rez­abeck, Char­lene Rhodes, Hay­ley Day, Sara Youn­glove, Aimee Ura­ta, Don Chenowith…

It takes a vil­lage to pro­vide good den­tal care for all on San Juan Island, and thanks to our gen­er­ous com­mu­ni­ty we are achiev­ing that goal. If you val­ue the efforts of Fish for Teeth and would like to lend finan­cial sup­port, please donate at fishforteeth.com, or mail a check to PO Box 2084 Fri­day Har­bor 98250.

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