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Swope Health Receives Major Gift From Resurrection Church To Expand Children’s Access To Dental Care

Kansas City, MO (Dec. 22, 2023)Resurrection, a United Methodist Church, with 23,000 members across six locations in the Kansas City metropolitan area, recently announced that Swope Health would be one of the recipients of their 2023 Candlelight Christmas Eve Offering. With support from this major gift, estimated at $500,000, Swope Health will purchase a second mobile dental unit to expand access to children’s dental care at community and school-based sites. 

Since 2009, Resurrection has given away nearly $19 million through their annual tradition of donating the entire Candlelight Christmas Eve Offering to fund Kansas City-based projects and global initiatives. Resurrection intentionally selects organizations and programs that are purposed to transform the lives of children and families. 

Through its mobile dental services program, the Swope Health mobile dental unit team serves more than 2,500 children annually in collaboration with 85 Kansas and Missouri organizations. Purchasing a second dental mobile unit will open capacity for more children to be served each year.

“This partnership reflects an intersection of mission and vision,” said Jeron Ravin, JD, President and CEO of Swope Health. “Resurrection has a vision to close opportunity gaps and provide a future with hope for all children, which perfectly complements our mission to provide accessible, comprehensive, quality care to all—particularly, to those in marginalized and underserved communities. We are incredibly grateful to each person who gave an offering at this service, as well as to the Resurrection Church leadership team for supporting our work and investing in our community.”

Reverend Adam Hamilton, Senior Pastor of Resurrection, believes the timing is perfect to consider the impact that giving can have on those in need.

“During the Christmas season, as we celebrate the birth of Christ, there is perhaps no better way to honor the Spirit of the season than by giving a gift to benefit these children,” he said. “We are excited to partner with Swope Health to provide dental care for thousands of kids in Kansas City.” 


Swope Health has provided comprehensive primary care, dental care and behavioral health services in the Greater Kansas City area for 54 years. Recognized as a patient-centered medical home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, Swope Health’s commitment to an integrated model of healthcare aligns with its mission of improving community health and wellness by delivering accessible, quality, comprehensive patient care. Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities and The Joint Commission, Swope Health is also recognized as a Federally Qualified Health Center. Swope Health served 44,300 patients in 2022, and is located in 21 locations throughout the area, including Kansas City, Belton, Independence, Kansas City North, Hickman Mills, and Wyandotte and Leavenworth Counties, in Kansas. Learn more at swopehealth.org.

Resurrection, a United Methodist Church with 23,000 member and six locations in the Kansas City area, is committed to loving our neighbors, and demonstrating that love and support through ministries that include addressing justice and kindness gaps, providing food, health, and housing resources, and encouraging students, teachers and healthcare workers. Since 2009, the church has given away nearly $19 million through their Candlelight Christmas Eve Offering.





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