Sonbridge Expands Reach

It’s not every day one finds a medical clinic, a thrift store, counseling and community education classes, a TV station and a radio station — all in an Adventist Community Services center. But, that’s what you’ll find at Sonbridge Wellness Center, in College Place, Wash.

Area Adventist churches have combined their ACS resources to create a unique community outreach meeting the felt needs of underserved residents in the Walla Walla valley. Each week, more than forty volunteers share their time and energy to make Sonbridge a success. The volunteers help in the thrift store, at the SOS clinic, with counseling and English classes.

Since it initially opened in 2006, Sonbridge has seen a dramatic rise in the number of clients they serve. The SOS clinic alone is currently providing emergency medical care to more than 1,000 patients each year.

To help accommodate the increased use and activity, Sonbridge is doubling their parking lot space and adding a 3,300 square foot warehouse to handle processing, receiving and storage. The expansion is being made possible, largely through donations and volunteer labor.

To learn more about Sonbridge and the impact they are having in their community, visit

Featured in: August 2009


Jay Wintermeyer

North Pacific Union assistant to the president for communication and Gleaner editor