In addition to the dental examination room, the clinic also has a standard reception area, office space, exam rooms, a restroom, a break room and lab. Upon entering the dental examination room, Shaddock motioned to a dental chair in the center of the room and surrounding equipment.
“We had some of the big pieces, but we were missing a lot of the little stuff that doesn't look like it adds up to much, but it does. So we've refurbished this chair, and that saved us some money where we can actually get the rest of the equipment we needed to start our dental project.”
The site of the clinic, located near the old memorial hospital, is owned by Anderson County. Prior to its current use, the building served as a storage warehouse. The Anderson County Commissioners Court offered the building to the Shaddocks to be used for the clinic, and county commissioners and employees volunteered to fix it up and make repairs.
County Commissioner Greg Chapin told attendants Thursday that Anderson County was proud to be involved.
“We get to see the needs of these people,” Chapin said. “It's so sad, they don't have anywhere to go, and they come into our offices... it was just a big goal for us to come in and be able to help.”
According to Action Fund Executive Committee Chair Ahnise Summers, who also spoke during Thursday's ceremony, The Action Fund is a “giving circle” of philanthropic individuals that formed in response to community needs. It is a program of the Texas Area Fund Foundation, which promotes philanthropic spirit and community service, and responding to charitable needs.
“We are concerned about community issues and community solutions,” Summers said. “By joining The Action Fund, you have become a partner in helping us grow opportunities that will allow all who live and work in this community to thrive.”