Service that Goes Above and Beyond
Young & Healthy met the Stark family as a referral from a PUSD elementary school when nine-year-old Rebecca was experiencing dental pain. Our Care Team secured a dental visit with our professional volunteer dentist, Dr. Ravindran, and Rebecca had a tooth extracted and was back at school the next day pain-free. The following week, the Care Team followed up with Rebecca’s father, Ralph, who is a very soft-spoken man. Ralph opened up about other challenges his family was facing. Since the pandemic, he has not been able to find full time work and has been doing free-lance IT jobs while his wife, Amy, works part-time. Ralph spoke about the family’s dire need for health insurance. Their four-year-old son, Daniel, was about to start school and needed a physical and dental exam, as well as updated immunizations. The Care Team immediately secured a visit to a Pasadena provider that would grant Daniel temporary Medi-Cal coverage to access the necessary services. Our insurance specialist also met with Ralph and Amy to help them apply for health insurance and informed them of the free VITA tax preparation services through our partnership with CSULA. Ralph and Amy had their taxes prepared during a Saturday VITA tax preparation day where they qualified for the Earned Income Tax Credit and a much-needed refund.
Young & Healthy’s commitment to service enables us to connect with families and ease their challenges. Our reach extends well beyond a dental visit and with no financial burden to the families we serve.