About Us

SOS Health Services of Walla Walla (SOS Clinic) was founded in 2000 by a service-minded physician who recognized a need for health care for the uninsured in the Blue Mountain area. Since the beginning, the SOS Clinic has been a faith-based, non-denominational clinic providing compassionate urgent-care services to people from Dayton to Pendleton. The clinic was originally located in downtown Walla Walla and then moved to SonBridge Community Center, a repurposed nursing home, in 2005. During the second half of 2012, the clinic will move yet again to a custom clinic facility. Guided by a diverse board of community leaders, the SOS Clinic is prepared for this exciting move and the challenge of growing the organization.

Due the difficult economic times, the SOS Clinic has seen an unprecedented demand for services. The clinic treats approximately 150 patients every month, thanks to dedicated donors, as well as volunteers who serve over 200 hours monthly. 

In addition to benefitting those without insurance, the SOS Clinic is a crucial part of the community healthcare safety net. By providing a place for the uninsured to go, valuable emergency room and hospital resources are conserved. With increasing awareness and support of the SOS Clinic, it is becoming an integral element of our community’s health.

Board of Directors

Board Officers

Jenae Henry, MA, MBA, LMHC, CMHS
Crisis Outreach Professional / Designated Mental Health Professional, Comprehensive Mental Health

Susan B Smith, PhD, MSW
Professor & Program Director of the Social Work Department, Walla Walla University

Kristen Coffeen-Smith
Client Services Manager, Helpline

Helo Oidjarv, PhD, MSW
Professor in the Social Work Department, Walla Walla University

David Freedman, BBA Accounting
Senior Accountant, Walla Walla University

Board Members

Matthew Davy, MBA
Clinic Director, Family Medical Center

Sharon Gowdy
Office Manager, Amazing Grace Church 

Wendy Hernandez, JD, RN
Attorney, Hernandez Law Office

Karen Kellar, CENP
Vice President of Patient Care at Walla Walla General Hospital

Yvonne Stratton, MD, MMM
Retired physician and health care administrator

Ashley Trout
Winemaker at and Namesake of Flying Trout Wines

Ex Officio

Janice Anhorn, RN - Clinic Coordinator
Retired Nurse

Paul McLain, MD - Medical Director
Physician, Providence St. Mary Medical Center

June Christiansen - Liaison from SonBridge Community Center
Executive Director, SonBridge Community Center

Ryan Nesbit - Volunteer Coordinator
BMAC AmeriCorps Member

Community Partners

We are grateful for the financial and in-kind support of our community partners over the past year.

SOS Light House (More than $5,000 donated)

  • Blue Mountain Community Foundation
  • Dr. Barton & Janet Moore
  • Dr. Yvonne Stratton
  • First Presbyterian Church
  • Nelson Irrigation
  • Providence Health Services
  • Providence St. Mary's Medical Center
  • Rack and Maintenance
  • Sapere Consulting Company
  • Society of St. Vincent De Paul
  • Stephen Tatro
  • Walla Walla General Hospital
  • Whitman College

SOS Life Boat ($2,500 - $5,000)

  • Assumption Church
  • Community Bank
  • Crown Paper Supply
  • Dr. Paul & Joan McLain
  • George T. Welch
  • Grace Christian Church
  • Julie Freeman
  • Mike & Bessie Hinchman
  • WalMart Foundation

SOS Life Ring ($1,000 - $2,500)

  • Brian Anderson
  • Catholic Daughters 668
  • First Congregational Church
  • Gerald & Janice Anhorn
  • Glenn & Jennifer Carter
  • Harley Green
  • Jeanne Hall
  • Marc & Karri Bruce
  • Wendy Hernandez

    SOS Life Jacket ($100 - $1,000)

    • Baker Boyer Bank
    • Bruce Barga
    • CP Lions Club
    • Dr. Fleck
    • Dr. Jeffrey & Lauren Stiles
    • Jenae Henry
    • JK & EE Foster
    • Mark Anderson
    • Richard & Karen Henderson
    • Wendy Carlton
    • Linda Henry
    • Jack & Carol Anne LeFore
    • James & Kay Maxfield
    • J & CD LU
    • Roland & Diane Morgan
    • Tom Sawatzki
    • Seven Hills Winery
    • Penny Shell
    • St. Paul's Episcopal Church
    • O'Brien Motor
    • Kirk Willard
    • SonBridge
    • James Vandersloot
    • RC Trucking

    Additional donations from:

    • 1-2-3 Printing
    • Associated Students of Walla Walla High School
    • Copier Services, College Place
    • Eastern Washington Dermatology Clinic
    • Helpline
    • Hospice of Walla Walla
    • Interpath Labs
    • Jill's Uniform Shop
    • Medicine Shoppe
    • Private donations from individuals
    • Providence Health Services of Seattle
    • Providence St. Mary Medical Center, Pharmacy and Supply
    • Providence St. Mary Medical Center, Cancer Center
    • Walla Walla City Seventh Day Adventist Church
    • Walla Walla County Health Department
    • Walla Walla Community College, School of Nursing
    • Walla Walla Medical Society
    • Walla Walla University, School of Nursing
    • Walla Walla University, School of Psychology
    • Walla Walla University, Wilma Hepker School of Social Work and Sociology