Ponce & Peachtree -January 2019

Ponce & Peachtree Covering Peachtree, Piedmont, Virginia Highland, Morningside, Little Five Points, & Grant Park • LOCAL, POSITIVE COMMUNITY NEWS H ometown N ews A tlanta Previously Ponce Press and Midtown Messenger Volume 29, No. 1 • JANUARY 2019 Inman Park has long been a popular destination for people from all over Atlanta. With its shaded walks along streets lined with late Victorian mansions and modest bun- galows, it is a delightful escape from modernity. There is also a large park stretching from DeKalb Avenue almost to Highland, an area famous for the epic Battle of Atlanta in 1864. What is not to enjoy?The neighborhood also contains one of Atlanta’s most pleasant churches, Inman Park United Methodist, and a destination in its own right. Dating to the last years of the nineteenth century, the his- toric church is a thriving, active and friendly place to enjoy Sunday services. I went for my first visit last month and was personally overwhelmed by the relaxed welcome of so many congregants and church staff members. Of course, it is easy for anyone like me who loves Atlanta history to enjoy this church. Designed by one of Atlanta’s most famous architects, Willis Franklin Denny, the granite church with its imposing bell tower and great arched windows is beautiful just from the street. Inside, the stained glass windows made in Atlanta glow and glit- ter with colored lights. These coat the dark wood ceiling and gently curving pews in an intimate felling of warmth which is echoed in the actions of the congregation. AWarmWelcome at Inman Park Church Services Continued on page 5 Non-Profit with a Heart – The DDD Foundation In recent years, the vital link between good oral/den- tal care and overall physical health has become clearly established. Even so, access to dental care for many peo- ple with developmental dis- abilities has been virtually non-existent. The DDD Foun- dation, Inc. [Dentistry for the Developmentally Disabled] of Atlanta is a true “non-profit with a heart” and the only private dental clinic in Georgia with professionals exclu- sively serving patients with developmental disabilities. When the only local state facility for persons with intellectual disabilities closed down in 1997, Dr. Deidra Rondeno recognized the desperate need for these services. She was one of the few [then and now] dentists who had spe- cialized training in this area. She founded the DDD Foun- dation in 1999 as a non-profit to fill the growing service gap. Its mission over the past twenty years has been to “offer accessible, comprehensive dental treatment to patients with developmental disabilities.” This includes both children and adults. With a dedicated staff, they see up to 20 patients a day and around 4,603 annually. Those seeking service come from 83 Georgia counties, often entailing long travel time and the necessity to stay overnight in Atlanta. Whether young or older, developmentally disabled patients can be non-verbal about their dental problems and perhaps both disoriented and frightened. Significant dental problems and their solutions can be daunting even for patients without disabilities. HAPPY NEW YEAR! Continued on page 5