Ilya's Story

When the dentist informed 90-year-old Holocaust survivor Ilya that he needed two dental crowns, Ilya knew he could not afford the hefty fee. Insurance rejected the dental claim, yet Ilya could not eat properly. For a non-native English speaker, the process of finding assistance was overwhelming. The Federation’s community social worker, Michalah Hoffman, was there for Ilya, connecting him to multiple financial resources to cover the bill and facilitating the communication between him and these agenices. As a result, Ilya now has great dental health and the feeling that he has a place to turn to in the future. Ilya and his wife, Rachel, are now all smiles.


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