Mississippi Dental Clinic an “Oasis” in Once-Blighted Community
During the late 1990s, the area surrounding the Rosedown Apartments in Jackson, Miss., was considered to be one of the most crime-ridden in the city.
Newspaper headline upon headline spotlighted the gritty violence riddling the West Park community. But through substantial efforts to improve the community, First Baptist Church of Jackson purchased the property where the apartments stood, and, with the help of countless supporters, built Mission First in 2001.
Now considered an “oasis” within the community, Mission First, a faith-based community outreach organization, is devoted to helping those in need by offering medical, dental, legal and spiritual help. Its medical and dental clinic serves more than 1,800 people each year.
“Most of the people who turn to Mission First are very appreciative,” said Dr. Joe Burns, a volunteer dentist at the clinic. “They’re regular, working folks. A lot of them have minimum wage jobs, or they’re in between jobs.”
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