SCL Volunteer Joyce McKenzie

Mrs. Joyce McKenzie – 2017 Gini Award Honoree for Volunteer Excellence

“Excellence” is an understatement when describing Joyce McKenzie’s contribution to the mission of Smiles Change Lives. She began her volunteer service in the summer of 2011. Since then, Joyce has donated over 1600 hours of service, unprecedented in the history of SCL’s volunteer program. In 2013 Joyce was honored with the coveted Gini Award that […]

Outstanding SCL Volunteer – Ms. Bea Brittan

  A full time UMKC pre-dental student, Bea has donated nearly 200 hours of service to Smiles Change Lives (SCL). She is a shining example of the devoted men and women who contribute their support to further our mission of bracing kids for a better future. Bea shares her inspiring journey and passion for dentistry […]

Dear Smiles Change Lives

Dear Smiles Change Lives

We get the best cards, notes and photos from the families of SCL participants. Each one is unique, but they are all encouraging and reinforce what we do. This little gem came in yesterday: Dear Smiles Change Lives, “Thank you so much for your program to help families afford braces. I am very grateful that […]

We Select for Success

We Select for Success

One day after a particularly violent thunderstorm, an old man sat on a rock overlooking the seashore. The beach, normally pristine white sand, was, on account of the rough surf, littered with what seemed to be a million starfish. Not long after the old man assumed his seaside perch, he noticed, out of the corner […]

An Antidote to our Violent World

An Antidote to our Violent World

It seems that everywhere we turn we are bombarded with stories of violence and killing; Dallas, Nice, Istanbul, Baton Rouge – to name but a few. This constant barrage of horrific news definitely takes a toll on our individual and collective psyche. Pessimism is the order of the day and there seems to be no […]

Changing Lives… One Smile At A Time...
  • "Our son would have gone without braces if it wasn't for SCL! Thankful for this program and staff that care. We are currently in treatment. It is already making a difference. "

    - Alice W.

    5 star review
  • "Amazing program that has truly changed my life. Once I was accepted it was such an easy process. Thank you so much!! I would recommend any one with low income and bad teeth to go through the process."

    - Alexandria W.

    5 star review
  • "Just had our last appointment. Being a school teacher I didn't make a lot of money. This program allowed me to give my daughter a smile that she shares with everyone. Thanks."

    - Tiffany L.

    5 star review
  • "I just had not one but two daughters finish having their braces on through Smiles Change Lives and we are so happy with the results. Thank you for providing this service!"

    - Daya G.

    5 star review
  • "This is an incredible organization with Orthodontists donating their skills to change children's lives. More people in need should know about this fantastic program"

    - Judith W.

    5 star review
  • "My son has finally been accepted, approved, and assigned an orthodontist. He goes tomorrow for his first appointment to start getting his braces. Thanks SCL, you have made my son very happy."

    - Alan P.

    5 star review
  • "I am so thankful for smiles change lives for helping a struggling mother out. What an amazing program that helps families."

    - Joy S.

    5 star review
  • "I cannot say enough GREAT things about this program! They have given both of my daughters a new outlook on life, & self confidence that I could never teach."

    - Shelly P.

    5 star review

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