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Jan Martinez, right, is a mental health counselor, as well as the founder of Christ Kitchen


by Blythe Thimsen photos courtesy of Christ Clinic


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HE STREAM OF TRAFFIC ON NORTH MONROE IS RELENTLESS, with cars, city busses and delivery trucks moving at a nonstop pace throughout the day. As the drivers in the vehicles fight their way through traffic, switching lanes and honking their horns, feet dancing between the gas and brake pedals,


little attention is paid to the two non-descript buildings on the northeast corner of Monroe and Carlisle with the signs Christ Clinic and Christ Kitchen out front. For the people on the road, their sole focus is making it to their destination; for the people in these two buildings, their sole focus is healing the body and soul. Not sure what Christ Clinic and Christ Kitchen are? The quick answer is that Christ


Clinic is a medical home providing primary health care to Spokane’s uninsured, low- income residents, and Christ Kitchen is a café, and retail and catering company. How they are linked and the work they are doing takes a little longer to explain. For that, we must go to the “Keeper of the Story,” Dr. Scott Edminster, the medical director for the Spokane Fire Department, and previously an ER doctor at Deaconess Medical Center. One of the founding physicians of Christ Clinic, today Edminster is at the clinic half a day per week, a big change from the numerous hours he put in getting the clinic started.


The Beginning In the late 1980s and early 1990s, a group of Spokane doctors formed a group called


the Christian Medical Society that gathered together for support and fellowship. “We began to realize we should be doing more than just getting together and making one another feel good about our shared faith,” says Edminster. “We felt that there ought to be some ministry component to our association.”


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