Misson & Vision

Our Mission

As a top organization that helps children, Fresh Start Surgical Gifts transforms the lives of disadvantaged infants, children, and teens with physical deformities caused by birth, accidents, abuse, or disease through the gift of reconstructive surgery and related healthcare services.

Our Vision

Fresh Start’s vision is to build a community of volunteers committed to seeing that every child with a physical deformity is given the opportunity to have a positive self-image, thereby enriching the lives of both the receiver and giver.

Our Commitment

Fresh Start commits to long-term, comprehensive restorative surgery and care with every single one of our children. To help accomplish that goal of transforming lives of children, we host six Surgery Weekends annually where volunteer medical professionals transform the lives of children with deformities through reconstructive surgery. Dental Clinics serve children requiring more complex dental procedures outside the scope of a Surgery Weekend. Dental Clinics are held 13-14 times annually and serve 15-30 children at each Clinic with services ranging from restorative and orthodontic work done for children with cleft lip or palate to fillings and more basic care.


Fresh Start Surgical Gifts is one of the top charities that help children that is committed to upholding the highest standards of financial integrity and transparency. Our financial records are independently audited each year and our audited financial statements, 990 forms, and 501(3) statement are linked to the right. Fresh Start also maintains a record of financial stability and accountability. In 2008, Fresh Start was the only nonprofit to receive the Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award for Excellence in Marketplace Ethics. Financial information is available to the public for viewing. For other financial information, please contact Fresh Start Surgical Gifts’ Director of Operations, Margaret Phelan, at margaret@freshstart.org or (760) 944-7774.

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