Dr. Brian Homann’s caring team is committed to giving back to the community. Our goal is to help those less fortunate to achieve a healthier, more inviting smile. Dr. Homann has helped to achieve these goals by volunteering his time providing dental services at Free Dental Days and Goldie’s Place.
2019 was the first year for the Free Dental Day hosted by Dr. Homann at Elk Grove Family Dental. With the help of Dr. Homann’s team, Dr. Jennifer Silc (periodontist in Schaumburg), and Dr. Mark Spinazze (oral surgeon in Elk Grove), over $28,000 worth of free dental services were provided for those in need in Elk Grove Village and the surrounding communities. Dr. Homann and his team plan to make this an annual event. In 2020, the Free Dental Day will be hosted on Friday, August 28th.
Dr. Homann also has a new project that he is working on. Dr. Homann has been asked to be the dental team leader for Refugee One. Refugee One has tasked Dr. Homann with helping to start a dental clinic that provides free care to new refugees coming into the US. We are excited to share photos and experiences of the new clinic as soon as possible!
All of the cases featured below were completed at Goldie’s place. Goldie’s Place was a support center for homeless individuals that provided participants with career training, resume building, a clothes closet, and much needed dental services. The dental clinic helped patients obtain optimal oral health and increased their confidence through free dental services provided by volunteer dentists and hygienists. Dr. Homann was an active volunteer and member of Goldie’s Dental Advisory Committee for 10 years until the organization’s closing in 2019. In that time, Goldie’s Place provided over two million dollars with of free dental services to homeless individuals in Chicago.
We are happy to share some photos and personal stories of Goldie’s Place patients who were treated by Dr. Homann.
“I could always tell the attention in interviews went from what I was saying to the fact that I didn’t have any teeth. I could never focus on the actual interview.”
- Homeless for three years
- Worked for 30 years at the Mercantile Exchange, but when the economy downturned in 2008, his position was eliminated
- When he tried to re-enter the workforce, he found that his age and outdated training made finding employment very difficult
- Went back to school in building maintenance and is now trained in carpentry, electrical, plumbing, and framing
- Was hired by a local university’s maintenance department just weeks after receiving his new dentures
“After losing my job and becoming homeless I have been able to understand people more. I know what they are going through, and it brings me happiness to be able to help people who are in that situation.”
- Lost her job helping with patient nutrition in a hospital, was unable to afford rent, and became homeless for one year
- Found a janitorial job with a construction company and was able to save enough money to rent her own apartment again
- Recently completed a 6-month cosmetology program
- Volunteers at her church and local homeless clinic
- Life goal: Build off her experience with nutrition and open a healthy living cafe
“I was just surviving, and then I realized I wanted to make something out of my life. I decided to change and make a better life for myself.”
- Homeless for seven years and missing teeth for ten years
- In 2008, obtained a Pell Grant and student loans, went back to school, and earned a degree in culinary arts
- Obtained full-time employment as a chef
- Has cooked for famous Chicagoans, including Devin Hester and Mayor Daley
“I never thought that after practicing law for over 15 years in Cook County that I would become homeless.”
- Graduated with a law degree from DePaul and passed the Bar exam
- Worked as an attorney for the county prosecutor’s office until the late 1990’s
- Was forced to give up law to care for ailing parents
- Once ready to return to the work force, found that skills and knowledge were outdated and was lacking in necessary computer skills