Louisville Magazine

MAY 2019

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louisvilledentalsociety.org LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 5.19 37 shortfall looming, funding for the facility is unclear. "We are committed to this project," St. John's executive director Maria Price says. A client walks through a tall chain-link fence that's kept locked when the facility is closed. The middle-aged man with a trim beard stops at a card table manned by St. John's staff and a volunteer, where boxes of sugar cookies and doughnuts are open, there for the taking. A staff person retrieves the man's bin, rolling it across the gravel lot and unlocking it for him. If you're on the streets, or even in a shelter, it's not uncommon to have be- longings stolen, especially medication or money. (Because some overnight shel- ters don't even allow bags of personal belongings, some homeless men and women choose to stay in camps.) After a downtown storage facility for home- less people stopped offering service to men in October, the need became ap- parent. Price saw it in the form of men hauling in loads that had swollen. Adkins says that, since opening, she has heard stories of folks relieved they can go to a restaurant or job without carrying the bundles and bags that give away their homelessness. "This allows them to walk in (someplace) like you or I," she says. With a light rain freckling his glasses, the man digs through his bin, lifting an "80-pound" bag. "Thank you," he says to Adkins, blowing her a kiss. "I had to carry this around!" He finds the plastic Walmart bag he was looking for and picks out some dry clothes — blue shorts and a dragon T-shirt, price tags still dangling. "New clothes!" Adkins says. "Nice." "I'm homeless," the man says in a play- ful, comedic way, "but I'm no bum." Ask your dentist if He or She is a member of the Louisville Dental Society, the Kentucky Dental Association and the American Dental Association. Louisville Dental Society dentists are a diverse group,but one common attribute is their passion to serve the needy in numerous ways. This is what makes the Society a meaningful & heartfelt organization. Society members volunteer at a free dental clinic that the Society sponsors every month plus many other community service projects. Louisville Dental Society members have been doing great things since 1891 For more information on choosing a dentist, contact the Louisville Dental Society: 1920 Nelson Miller Parkway, Louisville, KY 40223 LouisvilleDentalSociety.org • lds@kyda.org • (502) 244-2005

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