Little Lights Dentistry at Light of the World Charities provides free dental care to uninsured children living in poverty.
Founded in 1999 as a medical missions program, Light of the World Charities opened Little Lights Dentistry in 2016 as a dental care safety net for uninsured children in Martin County and the Treasure Coast of Florida.
Light of the World Charities (LOTWC) was formed in 1999 by co-founders Reverend Bernard Powell and Mrs. Theresa Banks. The late Father Powell, the founding Pastor of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Palm City, Florida invited Theresa, a registered nurse and parishioner at Holy Redeemer, to address the congregation to promote a stewardship program he was establishing. Mrs. Banks shared her experiences from previous medical missionary trips to Mexico and Bolivia. The church family overwhelmingly responded with volunteers from throughout the community. Father Powell and Mrs. Banks tapped into this volunteer expertise and established Light of the World Charities (LOTWC), an independent non-profit organization, to sponsor medical/surgical missionary teams in South and Central America and the U.S.
1999- LOTWC sends surgical groups to Chiclayo, Peru
2001- LOTWC sends medical groups to Honduras
2004- LOTWC jointly constructs Saint Benedict Joseph Center for medical assistance (SBJ) in Comayagua, Honduras
2010- LOTWC establishes its first domestic dental program in Palm City, Fl. to serve indigent and working underprivileged adults
2015- LOTWC establishes Stateside Surgical Program to provide cataract and hernia surgeries for adults in need
On July 11, 2016, LOTWC redefined its mission to focus exclusively on pediatric dentistry and established the Little Lights Dentistry Program serving children on the Treasure Coast.
Today, Little Lights Dentistry provides a dental home to over 800 uninsured children!