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    April 14, 2017

    Contact: Margie Wachtel                                                              

    Families First                                                                      

    603-422-8208, ext. 141                                   



    Bishop’s Charitable Fund Supports Dental Care for Low Income Patients


    PORTSMOUTH – Families First Health & Support Center received a $2,500 contribution from the Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund toward the Dental Patient Assistance Fund at Families First. The community health center uses this fund to help patients with very low incomes pay for restorative care and dentures, as well as to help pregnant women and people with diabetes pay for preventive (hygiene) dental care.


    “Families First offers discounts on medical and dental care based on patients’ income, but even our most steeply discounted rates are beyond the reach of some patients, particularly for dental care, which is very expensive,” says Families First Executive Director Helen Taft. “Having a fund that helps patients pay their portion of the costs can be what makes it possible for a pregnant woman to have an oral hygiene visit or a homeless person who has lost many teeth to get dentures.”


    Families First Health and Support Center is a nonprofit community health center providing primary, prenatal, behavioral and oral health care; parent and family groups; one-on-one family support; and mobile health care. Learn more at 603-422-8208 or FamiliesFirstSeacoast.org.


    The Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund makes grants to tax-exempt organizations without regard to religious affiliation for projects that help people in New Hampshire meet their basic needs. The Fund is operated by volunteer lay men and women who serve as Directors and who make recommendations to the Bishop of Manchester for grants to any organization in New Hampshire whose mission is consistent with the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. The Fund raises money through solicitation of individuals, businesses and philanthropic organizations. An annual accounting of funds raised and disbursements is available at www.catholicnh.org/BCAF.  


    Caption: The Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund recently donated $2,500 to Families First Health & Support Center. Here, Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund board member Julie Bailey, left, presents the check to Families First Executive Director Helen Taft.

    Margie Wachtel, Communications Director
    (603) 422-8208