My name is Bonnie Johnson. I can’t afford housing in Prince William County – my home – so I live in the woods. I have had trouble keeping a job because my dental problems and severe pain have caused frequent absences. I needed dental help immediately but couldn’t afford it, and I didn’t have any insurance.
I told my story at a V.O.I.C.E. Action in July, and I was filled with hope when I heard Gov. Kaine promise to do his best to look for money to help poor people like me get dental care.
About a week later, I was told that someone had arranged through V.O.I.C.E. to pay for treatment for me. I can’t begin to tell you how thankful I am. I’ve had six teeth pulled already and face more treatment ahead, but my pain has been greatly reduced. We can’t forget the many others who live in the woods in Woodbridge or the 177,000 other people in Northern Virginia who aren’t
receiving the dental care they need. Besides V.O.I.C.E.’s work on the state level, V.O.I.C.E. leaders in Prince William are organizing to ensure that our supervisors join other counties and include money for adult dental care in the budget.