Patterson Foundation Award Grants At March Board Meeting
May 24, 2016
The Patterson Foundation awarded grants to six nonprofit organizations from across the U.S.

May 19, 2016 (St. Paul, MN) – At its March 4 board meeting, the Patterson Foundation
awarded grants to six nonprofit organizations from across the U.S. Grants totaling more
than $43,000 were awarded to the nonprofits in support of their missions to provide care to
underserved populations.
Longtime grantee Union Gospel Mission received $10,000 in support of its dental
professional volunteers providing care to more than 2,450 patients annually at its clinic. “Our
most recent meals and dental assistant grant from the Foundation helps us to keep our
evening dental clinic hours staffed, at which many patients access our free dental services,”
said clinic director Jessica Flotterud. “Students, faculty and other volunteers assisting in the
evening clinic often come directly from classes or treating their own patients in their private
dental offices. The light meals we serve onsite help them concentrate on the treatments
they’re providing.” The food budget also feeds hundreds of dental volunteers during four
days of pediatric dental treatment and oral health education events by appointment in
February and August, as well as two walk-­in Saint Paul Dental Connect days in March and
September each year.
Union Gospel Mission provides free dental care to needy men, women and children each
year, “to help fill an increasingly worrisome gap in access to quality dental care, despite
national healthcare legislation,” Flotterud continued. “We’re also committed to educating
children as well as adults about best oral health practices. When patients adopt basic
brushing and flossing techniques, and consider new pathways to nutrition, dental office
visits and oral infections can be reduced – the goals of a free community clinic.”
Since 2005, the Foundation has awarded Union Gospel Mission $131,500, which has
enabled the organization to broaden its ability to serve more people in need in the
community. “Patterson has been a long-­term partner, advocating for us and our efforts to
expand oral health not only among our own homeless residents, but to members of the
community at large,” Flotterud said. “Foundation funding has helped us with niche funding
that has been difficult to find elsewhere, including dollars that have helped us retain dental
volunteers to staff our evening clinic hours.”
The Patterson Foundation will award additional grants to nonprofit organizations at its June
board meeting.
Q1 grant recipients and the communities where each islocated:
• Friends of Creston Children’s Dental Clinic – Portland, Ore.
• Good Samaritan Care Clinic – Mountain View, Mo.
• KidSMILES Pediatric Dental Clinic – Columbus, Ohio
• Sacramento District Dental Foundation – Sacramento, Calif.
• Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities – St. Paul, Minn.
• Walton Foundation for Independence – Augusta, Ga.

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