Smiles Beyond The Bars


MISSION & VISION:
Smiles Beyond the Bars embraces formerly incarcerated women and men who have begun the process of changing their lives through the gift of a smile. In partnership with the finest professionals in the dental community, we extend comprehensive dental service to our candidates. Smiles gives its recipients not just a new smile, but a chance to help themselves. Smiles collaborates with other like-minded organizations providing services enabling people to change their lives.

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In partnership with the finest professionals in the dental community, Smiles extends comprehensive dental services to the formerly incarcerated, sober and drug-free women and men who have been out of prison for at least one year. Smiles gives its recipients not just a new smile, but a chance to help themselves. Simply put, changing smiles changes out of prison for at least one year lives. An improved smile dramatically impacts conversation, confidence, contact and careers….key factors for those looking to re-enter society as contributing members of society. Working with 60 dentists and 10 labs who offer their in-kind services, Smiles has helped 200 recipients to date.

Smiles has recently moved into its own office space on the BHHS Legacy Foundation Campus II which affords Smiles the opportunity to have a place to meet with prospective recipients, dentists, suppliers, etc. in a confidential setting.

We are proud to report that Smiles Beyond the Bars has a 0% recidivism rate, meaning that not one of our recipients to date has gone back to prison! This means that Arizona tax dollars will not go into the prison system, but will be redirected back into our community. The work Smiles does saves tax dollars which clearly illustrates the amazing impact Smiles is making annually.

Meet our Founder!

"I can give them a smile!" This is Linda Parker Smith's mission as the founder of Smiles. Linda has an extensive background in dentistry having served in every capacity except being the dentist. Building on her professional experience, Linda founded Dynamic Dental which provided consulting services to dental practices nationally.

In 2009, Linda Parker Smith attended a meeting for Along Side Ministries (ASM). During the meeting, she learned about their mission to rehabilitate men and women coming out of prison. After seeing the condition of the former inmates' teeth and smiles, she had a calling to help by giving them a new smile. Using her background in business and dental, Linda Parker Smith set out on the journey to begin Smiles Beyond the Bars. She approached dentists one by one and eventually grew Smiles to become a network of 60 dentists who contributed over $800,000 of in-kind services in 2016.

Address: 340 East Coronado Suite 200
Phoenix, AZ 85004
GuideStar URL: http://www.guidestar.org/smilesbeyondthebars
AZ State Tax Credit Info: Charitable (Working Poor) Tax Credit
Alliance Member?: Yes
Service Areas: Maricopa
TESTIMONIALS
"To see firsthand that folks actually do care about others who made bad choices in life, and take the time, energy, resources, and money to help complete strangers have another opportunity at becoming a respected, transformed citizen and living a God favored life, is absolutely amazing to me.
I believe I was spiritually and emotionally re-constructed while I was in prison and now thanks to Smiles Beyond the Bars the physical re-construction will complete my full transformation and allow me to feel confident and whole again" Frank E.

"Roy and I both have been blessed by Smiles Beyond the Bars. They accepted both of us just shortly after we were married 2014. Prior to being given the opportunity to have my teeth fixed, I was very self-conscious. In my old life, I did a lot of drugs, and drank alcohol to the extreme....causing many years of damage. While I was incarcerated, the dentist in prison, pull teeth; they do not restore them, therefore I had many missing teeth. Not only missing teeth, but my front teeth were chipped and stained. I had difficulty eating any foods that were not soft. I had attended many functions and when pictures had been taken, (I never stopped smiling, because Jesus lives in me and has set me free from my old life), but oh how I would cringe at those pictures. I was so embarrassed and ashamed of my teeth. I would attempt to find ways to smile without showing them. I also shied away from having conversations as much as possible, I felt I must not show my teeth, in fear I would offend someone. I had low self-esteem and lacked confidence when speaking with others.
Roy had been incarcerated for 28 years, and because those dentists just wanted to pull your teeth instead of fixing them, he just stopped going. Roy is in the process of getting his dental work completed. He is overjoyed and so ever grateful to obtain the care he is getting to restore his teeth. Today, my head is lifted up, and I have NO more fear while speaking with others. I have great self-esteem and confidence! And we sure don't have an issue when we smile for the camera today!!
Smiles Beyond the Bars dental program is a Gift from God. We are so grateful to Linda Parker and all the staff at Smiles Beyond the Bars. To all the Dentists, dental assistance, staff at A.T. Still University in Glendale AZ. We love you and we cannot thank you all enough for what you have done and are continuing to do for Roy and I. We pray that God continues to Bless Smiles Beyond the Bars, the Dentist and staff, and all who volunteer in reaching individuals like Roy and I.
WE THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS!"
Roy and Frankie