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Our Partners Who Make Us Smile

CASA of the River Region has some great partners in the community that make us smile, but we have one that not only makes us smile but makes sure our smile is healthy. Mortenson Family Dental does just that!

Over the last few years, we’ve gotten to build a great relationship with them, and they have become a special part of several CASA events. Melissa Hodges, Regional Dental Hygiene Director, was gracious enough to share how they got involved with CASA.

Melissa learned about CASA through a colleague. When they learned about the Back to School event, they felt that their mission and CASA’s mission aligned. They were excited to get the opportunity to educate both children and adults on the importance of oral health, and to provide them with the tools they need.

“Seeing the engagement from the kids and the families was such a special thing to witness. The kids were so excited to answer the questions we were asking about nutrition and oral hygiene, and even more thrilled to receive "goodies" we were handing out. The families were extremely appreciative for everything we shared.”

Melissa learned about our Holiday Sponsorship Program and knew they wanted to be involved. Mortenson Family Dental has 35 practices in this region, as well as their support team. The team felt they could make a big impact, and boy did they!

Melissa oversaw the collection of gifts from their different practices “We had so many teams and individual team members who wanted to get involved that I had to keep a spreadsheet in order to keep everything organized! Our teams purchased SO MANY items that it took me SEVERAL trips to get it all delivered, even with the assistance of others who volunteered to help. “

Their incredibly generous team made it a joyful holiday for almost 100 vulnerable children. It wasn’t just something they wanted to do, but it’s something that their company culture nurtures.

"It has always been important to our founder, Dr. Wayne Mortenson and his wife Sue, to give back to the community. We have been involved with many organizations over the years … It is just a part of who we are as a company. Our mission statement and our values say it all. We truly try to live our mission. Our mission is to Improve the Lives of Others By Living Our Values Every Day. And our values are Caring for Everyone, Expressing Gratitude, Sharing Abundantly, and Building Relationships.“

Even though we haven’t been able to have our friends at Mortenson back in-person, they have still been active in providing dental hygiene kits to our kids, as well as participating in this year’s Holiday Sponsorship Program. Melissa said she had teammates contacting her in October asking if they could adopt a wishlist!

Everyone at CASA, especially the kids we serve, are so incredibly thankful for Mortenson Family Dental. We appreciate all they’ve done and look forward to future partnerships!


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