SonBridge Community Center Receives Grant

SonBridge Community Center in College Place, Wash., received a $170,000 matching grant from the Donald and Virginia Sherwood Trust to complete construction of new medical and dental clinics and to upgrade its parking. Supporters donated more than $225,000 in order to meet the requirements of the grant.

The medical clinic, operated by SOS Health Services, will open in its new space later this year. This space is provided rent-free by SonBridge. The dental clinic will open after dental equipment and supplies are procured and installed. Upgraded and expanded parking will also be available.

SonBridge is now debt-free through the generous support of the community and businesses, and it is more than halfway through a $2.8 million campaign to complete construction inside its current building. A conference and education center will follow the completion of the clinics and the parking expansion.

"It is a joy to experience the generous financial response of both individuals and businesses," says June Christensen, SonBridge executive director. "We are thankful to our community and to the Donald and Virginia Sherwood Trust for demonstrating their level of commitment to helping care for the unmet needs of others. We have been inspired."

SonBridge is a nonprofit community center founded in 2004 to meet the needs of Walla Walla Valley's underserved residents. SonBridge and its partners provide medical, dental, education and social connection services through the support of donors, a thrift store and more than eight churches.

October 01, 2012 / Upper Columbia Conference