SonBridge Center for Better Living

Connect Lives • Empower Change

aka SonBridge Community Center   |   College Place, WA   |  www.sonbridge.org
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Mission

SonBridge Center for Better Living is a nonprofit organization devoted to building a community where God's unconditional love is expressed through free or low-cost resources and services. SonBridge seeks to provide for unmet needs within the Walla Walla Valley without regard to race, gender, age, religious belief or affiliation.

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

Mr Norman Thiel

Main address

1200 SE 12th Street, Suite 1

College Place, WA 99324 USA

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Formerly known as

SonBridge Community Center

EIN

20-2958334

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a religious organization.

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Successful Living Seminars

Education changes everything. That’s why, here at SonBridge, we want to give everyone a chance to learn even the most basic of skills.
Throughout the year, different sets of classes are offered each quarter. These classes range from English as a Second Language to Healthy Living. Each class in our Successful Living Seminars is taught by volunteers of the community dedicated to making education available to our community.
Most of our classes are free of cost. Assistance is available for the few classes that are not free.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Social and economic status

The SonBridge Dental Clinic is a non-profit facility committed to resolving the unmet dental needs for all people in the Walla Walla Valley. We serve patients both as a free clinic and as a Provider One Apple Health Clinic. We also offer a Cash Supplemental Fee Scale to serve Medicare clients at the Medicaid income level by offering them services at Medicaid rates.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The SonBridge Thrift & Gift Store provides clothing, household goods, furniture, and unique finds. Every dollar spent at the Thrift & Gift Store assists in supporting the services and operations of SonBridge. The Thrift & Gift also partners with Helpline to provide clothes, furniture, and other items for those in need.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Education Center for Better Living has tripled the space we have available to serve our community members. Based on recent surveys, our community has asked for more classes focused on Diabetes and pre-Diabetes, in areas of treatment, management, and prevention. In response,, SonBridge Community Center will be able to regularly facilitate Health Resource Fairs. Playing out as quarterly events beginning in the summer of 2018, these Health Resource Fairs will broaden the scope of our Successful Living Seminars. SonBridge will organize, in conjunction with local medical professionals and medical services, three focused, one-day resource fairs, with an additional multi-day event known as the Walla Walla Health EXPO. The three smaller resource fairs will focus on three of the most common illnesses found in Americans. This year’s events will each specialize in one of the following: Heart Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Diabetes. The Health EXPO will be equipped with a wider range of information dealing with health management and illness prevention.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with diseases and illnesses

Helping low-income community members with rent and utilities assistance as well as clothing vouchers.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Financials

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SonBridge Center for Better Living

Board of directors
as of 08/25/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Marshall Keymer

Paul Rasmussen

Northwest Collision

Gary Veitz

Community Member

Jeff Kinne

College Place Village Church

Troy Fitzgerald

Walla Walla University Church

Rick Claridge

Blue Mountain Action Council

Dr. Austin Archer

Walla Walla University

Patty Marsh

Upper Columbia Conference

Rachelle Hartman

Community Member

Gail Lane

Community Member

John Hughes

Community Member

Dr. Loren Dickenson

Walla Walla University

Carol Lea Gill

Walla Walla University

Larry Canaday

Coffey Communications (retired)

Gary Laabs

Community Member

Michel Jeffery

Walla Walla University

Shirley Panasuk

SOS Health Services

Norman Thiel

SonBridge

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/1/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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