We are a faith-based, volunteer-driven charitable Dental Program
dedicated to oral health promotion and outreach service for
homeless individuals living in recovery shelters or on the
streets of Ottawa.
Watch a conversation with our dental program manager, Dr. Tom Harle Tom Harle with Patient
"Our hope is that the experience of volunteering in the Dental Program will broaden each clinician’s vision and help to make them more able and compassionate dental health care provider for any population they choose to serve." Dr. Tom Harle, Dental Program Manager, The Ottawa Mission
"The Ottawa Mission Dental Program is making a huge difference in the quality of life of the men & women in our care." Diane Morrison, Executive Director, The Ottawa Mission

Our Goals

  • To improve the dental health status of Ottawa’s inner-city impoverished homeless community by offering readily accessible, timely, no-cost, emergency and basic level preventive, restorative and prosthetic dental services, and
  • To increase our “street friends” acceptance and compliance with treatment thereby improving their dental health status so as to make a positive impact on their lives.
The Homeless Dental Clinic in action

Our Goals

  • To cultivate sensitivity, compassion and comfort in interaction with the poor and homeless population by offering volunteer opportunities for them to become directly involved in the dental care of those who could not otherwise afford treatment.
  • To educated and inform clinicians about the harshness and indignities of street life and its causes, as they help the homeless face their challenging lives,
  • To create emotional experiences that connect supporters to our core values of compassion, empathy, grace and human dignity, and,
  • To inspire dental volunteers to be more able and compassionate health care providers for any population they choose to serve.
For the Professionals

Our Goals

  • To encourage the founding of new homeless dental care clinics in communities across Canada by sharing best practices and establishing mentoring relationships with coordinators at start-up centers, and
  • To nurture a national network of dental clinics dedicated to serving itinerant clientele to help bridge the divide between:
    • What individual communities are doing through direct service delivery at the local grass-roots in responding to the need for adequate access to dental care for the poor and homeless, and
    • The root-ills that sustain the inequality in access to care that make these clinics necessary.
The Homeless Dental Clinic is guided by a set of mutually reinforcing objectives in the areas of: Service, Advocacy, Networking and Education.