Members of the American Association of Women Dentists (AAWD), the Smiles For Success (SFS) Foundation was formed to assist women in transition from welfare to work who cannot afford the cost of dental care.
Mission / Vision
The Smiles For Success (SFS) Foundation was established in 1995 by members of the American Association of Women Dentists (AAWD). The SFS Foundation was formed to assist women in transition from welfare to work who cannot afford the cost of dental care. Facing a job interview for them may mean self-consciousness, embarrassment and pain as they attempt to hide decayed, missing and damaged teeth. In early 1996 the pilot program was launched in New York City and programs in Boston, Denver, and Philadelphia were developed in 1998.
Smiles for Success offers cost-free dental care to women graduates of accredited job readiness and
placement programs or other community-based agencies thus helping those who are helping themselves.
A smile for Success is affiliated with numerous job readiness programs in over 30 states. The dental care
offered is meant to be a short-term solution to those who need treatment unavailable to them through government programs or traditional insurance as they move from public assistance to the working world.
Smiles for Success provide an opportunity for the dental community to effectively assist women who are on
public assistance confidently obtain employment and financial independence.