Students assist at homeless event

DOWNEY - A trio of students from the Downey Adult School dental assisting program participated in the Project Homeless Connect Community Outreach held Dec. 10 in East Los Angeles.Danielle Hernandez, Vanessa Lira and Kimberly Rivas assisted in providing the homeless with food, clothing and dental services free of charge. A mobile dental unit provided instruction on dental hygiene and basic dental services to children. Homeless guests also received information on housing, Medi-Cal, social services and welfare. Flu vaccinations were also available. "Overall everything was great," Rivas said. "Helping out the needy may not be for everyone but for the three of us it's not about flaunting or bragging about the wonderful things we have done or what people think or will say about us, it's about the personal satisfaction that someone received the help they needed and that we were able to make the slightest improvement, adjustment or difference in someone's life."

********** Published: December 25, 2009 - Volume 8 - Issue 35