June 2003

Chris Davis

Peoples' Self-Help Housing and Direct Relief International Join Forces in Local Dental Program

100 Low Income Kids and their Parents Get Free Dental Care at Dahlia Court in Carpinteria

Santa Barbara, CA, June 19, 2003—Direct Relief International is supporting the community services provided by Peoples' Self-Help Housing in a collaboration to bring dental care to over 100 resident kids and their parents at the Dahlia Court Apartments, in Carpinteria.

Bilingual instruction and an entertaining demonstration in healthy dental hygiene practices will be provided and dental kits will be given out to each participant.

"Our health and community services programs at our rental facilities rely on strong community partnerships and we are grateful to Direct Relief International for ensuring that our kids and families get the dental help they need," said Jeanette Duncan, Executive Director of Peoples' Self-Help Housing.

"Dental disease has been identified as the number one health issue among our youth. In collaboration with community minded organizations such as Peoples' Self-Help Housing, we hope to do more local outreach to those most in need, in the future," said Thomas Tighe, President and CEO of Direct Relief International.

--Media Advisory--

Who: 100 school-age children and their parents, representatives of Peoples Self-Help Housing, Direct Relief International, volunteers, program partners including Dr. Bob Berkermeyer, D.D.S. and staff.

What: Dahlia Court Apartments resident kids and parents participate in Health Smiles dental clinic program, receive basic dental exams/screenings, observe a fun demonstration on healthy dental hygiene, and receive personal dental care kits.

Where: Dahlia Court Apartments, Dahlia Court Apartments, 1300 Dahlia Court Directions from Santa Barbara: 101 South to Reynolds Ave. exit in Carpinteria, right on Carpinteria Ave, right on Santa Ynez Ave., right on Aragon Dr., and right on Dahlia Court.

When: Thursday, June 19, 2003, 3:30 PM (Clinic runs from 3-7 PM)

Peoples' Self-Help Housing, which brings affordable housing for low-income families, incorporates community education and health services into its numerous rental facilities along the Central Coast.

Direct Relief International's Healthy Smiles program helps to alleviate the local burden of high cost dental services for low income families by providing free dental screenings on the Central Coast in a collaborative effort involving various health and nonprofit groups and partners.