OUR PROGRAMS

RefugeeOne's Dental Clinic offers no-cost dental services to refugees.

Refugees often suffer from poor dental health due to lack of access to professional dental care, limited diet, and in some cases, torture. In the U.S., high quality, affordable dental care is difficult to find, particularly from healthcare providers who speak refugees’ home languages or address their cultural concerns.

RefugeeOne opened our Dental Clinic in 2021, providing refugees with free, essential on-site dental care that contributes to their sense of wholeness and overall wellbeing with translation services and cultural considerations.

Are you a dentist or dental professional interested in volunteering?

We partner with the University of Illinois College of Dentistry and other volunteer dental professionals to provide essential services, including preventative and restorative care, deep cleaning, extractions, dentures, partials, and limited endodontics (root canals).

We seek professionals who:
– Maintain active licensure with the state of Illinois
Can commit to volunteering at least 1X month for 2+ hours

Email Justin at volunteer@refugeeone.org with the subject line “Dental Volunteer” to learn more!

Many thanks to our Dental Advisory Committee for their volunteer leadership!

  • Brian Homann, DDS, Co-Chair
  • Dr. Homann is a general dentist in Elk Grove Village, IL and an adjunct clinical assistant professor at the UIC College of Dentistry, where he oversees students providing free dental care to underserved populations. He is also an alumni of the UIC College of Dentistry where he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree.
  • Esther Lopez, DDS, MPH, Co-Chair
  • Dr. Lopez is the owner of Healthy Tooth Dental in Oak Park, IL and serves on the American Dental Association Health Advisory Committee. She is an adjunct professor at the UIC College of Dentistry where she received her Doctor of Dental Surgery and has also completed her master’s degree in Public Health.

Clinic Funders:

  • Chicago Dental Society Foundation
  • Foundation for Health Enhancement
  • Illinois State Dental Society Foundation
  • The John & Kathleen Schreiber Foundation
  • Michael Reese Health Trust
  • The Polk Bros. Foundation
  • VNA Foundation