Christ Clinic/Christ Kitchen, a non-denominational Christian ministry in Spokane, Washington, provides help to people who are experiencing poverty and difficult circumstances. The non-profit organization is funded through the generosity of individuals, businesses, hospitals, churches, and foundations within the community.
Even with the implementation of The Affordable Health Care Act, approximately 11.3% of the U.S. population still lacks access to healthcare.1 Christ Clinic provides discounted medical and behavioral healthcare to people in the community who live in poverty and have limited or no medical insurance. Founded in 1991, the clinic is committed to the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being of each of their patients, regardless of race or religion. The clinic treats over 6,000 patients each year, with the number of patients increasing every year. PAML has provided Christ Clinic with significantly discounted laboratory testing services since the clinic opened. Over the last 23 years, the number of tests PAML has provided to the clinic has increased by more than 233%.
Christ Kitchen hires women living in poverty to help the kitchen make and sell fresh food products. These women also help to manage the kitchen’s café, catering services, online store, and deli box lunch business. As part of their employment, they are provided with on-the-job training, counseling, and discipleship to help them become employable and eventually support themselves and their families without reliance on government programs or destructive relationships. The fully working kitchen produces a broad menu of soups, salads, sandwiches, desserts, and gourmet items.
Since the kitchen has opened in 1998, PAML has frequently utilized Christ Kitchen’s catering services for business meetings. In November 2014, the Spokane-based laboratory expanded their use of the kitchen’s catering services by launching a new lunch program at the laboratory’s South Hill location. PAML employees have the opportunity to pre-order and purchase gourmet lunches from the kitchen that are prepared at the laboratory twice a week.
“PAML is proud to support the efforts of Christ Clinic and Christ Kitchen,” said Kim Troyer, senior vice president of human resources at PAML. Troyer sits on Christ Clinic/Christ Kitchen’s Mission Impact Counsel. “Their commitment to improving the quality of life of people in our community who struggle to climb out of the grips of poverty, abuse or addiction is so worthwhile. We are honored to be a small part of this worthwhile project.” Francisco R. Velázquez, M.D., S.M., president and chief executive officer of PAML, LLC and PAML Ventures, serves as an advisor to the organization. PAML provides significant charity care for many other non-profit organizations in the area including the Unify Community Health Clinic and CHAS Clinic.