Companies Donate Dental Equipment to Israeli Youth Shelter

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Henry Schein Cares and Takara Belmont have teamed up to donate and install more than $50,000 in dental equipment to Yemin Orde Youth Village, an Israel-based home, school, and safe haven for 440 at-risk and immigrant youth from around the world. The equipment included a Credia G1 dental chair, a Phot-X II dental x-ray machine, and other related products. The donation upgrades Yemin Orde’s onsite health clinic and allows it to re-allocate funds that otherwise would have been dedicated to external resources and transportation costs for procedures that couldn’t previously be conducted on site.

“This in-kind gift of new dental equipment will greatly benefit the oral needs of our youth,” said Shmuli Bing, director of Yemin Orde Youth Village. “In addition, the partnership among the United States, United Kingdom, and Japan-based team members of the 2 companies is an important example to our children of how people from different cultures and different backgrounds join together to help others. We are grateful to everyone involved in making this generous contribution to the health and well-being of the youth at Yemin Orde.”

The Youth Village first opened its doors to homeless refugee children who arrived in Israel shortly after the Holocaust. Today’s children are first-generation or second-generation Israelis who come from countries such as Ethiopia, the former Soviet Union, France, and Brazil as well as Eastern Europe and Israel itself where anti-Semitism and violence against Jewish people is rising, educational opportunities are scarce, and poverty is overwhelming. It is located in the Carmel Forest region of northern Israel, just outside Haifa.

“We are pleased that our high-quality dental chair and x-ray equipment is available for oral health practitioners to provide needed care for Yemin Orde Youth Village’s residents,” said Hidetaka Yoshikawa, chairman and CEO of Takara Belmont. “Like our longtime friends at Henry Schein, Takara Belmont is committed to socially responsible activities, and supporting great causes like Yemin Orde is greatly satisfying.” 

The youth at Yemin Orde have experienced trauma including abandonment, isolation, family dysfunction, and extreme poverty. The staff, educators, and professionals at the facility use an educational philosophy called the Village Way to help its at-risk teens develop self-esteem, leadership skills, strong cultural identity, and a positive outlook on life. Graduates receive a wide range of services including scholarships and emergency financial support.

“We at Henry Schein understand that oral health and overall health are inextricably linked, so we are incredibly pleased to help enhance the ability of the Yemin Orde Youth Village to provide essential health services to the young people who call it home,” said Stanley M. Bergman, chairman of the board and CEO of Henry Schein. “We thank our partners, Takara Belmont, for their generosity in donating this much needed equipment and for sharing our commitment to expanding access to care for people in need.”

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