Update!

It’s hard to believe I moved to Uganda over 5 years ago. The past 5 years I’ve experienced incredible highs and the lowest lows. Through it all, God has sustained us. That much is certain.

5 years later, I’m married to the woman of my dreams; have 3 strong, healthy sons; and am blessed to work alongside 22 talented Ugandans in transforming lives through quality, compassionate dental care.

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True North Trip

We recently returned from a unique and life-changing outreach trip to Haiti. We took a team of dental professionals to serve with a Mission of Hope Haiti medical team. Together they traveled by ship — on which they ate, slept, and recharged — as they served on Gonâve Island, a remote island located northwest of Port-au-Prince.

Richard Williams, Hope Smiles board member, shares the following thoughts and observations from the trip…

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Gradi Ellis
An Update From Uganda!

The team in Uganda you empower through your support has established a replicable, sustainable clinical model that has the potential to transform lives through quality, compassionate dental care around the entire world. The efficacy of the programs you support and the individual stories of transformation are being recognized by people and organizations worldwide as simple, effective, and innovative! Know that through Hope Smiles, you are changing the world.

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Ryan Shinska
Katrina's Story

Katrina’s life on the streets had left her mouth in bad shape. She had only six original teeth remaining, and her crowns often fell out of her mouth while she spoke. She was embarrassed of her smile and didn’t feel free to fully be herself.

Honored to be a part of her story, Hope Smiles fit Katrina with a brand new smile…

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Gradi Ellis
Smile's For Days

We all know that words hurt, and that kids can be cruel. This young man has clearly been teased relentlessly. But he came through the doors of our dental center seeking hope, and hope is what he found. His orthodontic treatment has just started, but already Louis is feeling more hopeful. He believes the help we’re providing will give him confidence to laugh and smile again. 

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Gradi Ellis
The 4 C's of Communication

Each and every member of our team is a leader. We stress this during our interview process, throughout initial team member training, and daily during our morning huddle.  We are all responsible for creating a culture that is transformative and joyful. What we do, how we think, the words we speak, the way we use our time… it all matters. Communication is critical for all effective leaders. Thus the need for each of us to become expert communicators!

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Ryan Shinska