The Northridge Hospital Foundation recently recognized West Coast University for its efforts in helping the community.
Northridge Hospital Foundation President Brian Hammel thanked WCU in being instrumental by stepping forward last year and working collaboratively with Northridge Hospital to achieve one of their top community needs for 2016.
Denise Sanchez, MEND Dental Clinic manager, also shared her appreciation of West Coast University and its dental hygiene students for volunteering in the Dental Clinic providing care to patients.
The Northridge Hospital Foundation also presented MEND with a $26,000 grant, to go towards purchasing computers and an EHR for their dental program.
MEND – which stands for “Meet Each Need with Dignity” — opened its doors in the early 1970s to transform the lives of the most needy residents of the San Fernando Valley, poor children and their struggling families.
According to their website, MEND started as a small group of volunteers working from a garage and has grown primarily by word-of-mouth into one of the leanest operating non-profit organizations in existence. More than 94 percent of the support and donations received by MEND, now the largest poverty agency in the Valley, provides emergency food, clothing, medical, vision and dental care, job skills training and job placement assistance, English as a Second Language classes, youth activities, and a Christmas program. In 2015, the MEND clinic received more than 37,000 client visits per month.