If you happen to be in downtown Edmonds around lunchtime Tuesday, you can catch a glimpse of “HOPE,” the Edmonds Mobile Medical Clinic providing care for those without health insurance. According to Lynn Heitritter, a registered nurse who coordinates the services HOPE provides weekly at the Edmonds United Methodist Church (EUMC), the medical clinic truck will be parked outside the Rusty Pelican restaurant, 107 5th Ave. N., at around 12:30 p.m.
The reason for the clinic’s appearance outside the restaurant? Heitritter shares this story: She and her husband dined recently at the Rusty Pelican, and asked if the restaurant might be willing to provide food for volunteers at the clinic. “I was thinking perhaps some brownies,” Heitritter said. Instead, owners Marilyn and Peter Limberopoulos invited the 10-12 volunteers who work at the clinic to have a free lunch at the restaurant on the first Tuesday of each month.
“I’m just so amazed at their generosity,” Heitritter said. “What a lovely gift this is, and not just once, but every month.”
To thank the Rusty Pelican, Heitritter received permission from the Edmonds Police Department to park the 40-foot truck in front of the restaurant Tuesday and offer tours to the staff.
The Edmonds Mobile Medical Clinic sees patients weekly from 8-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays at the United Methodist Church, 828 Caspers St. The clinic operates under the non-profit Puget Sound Christian Clinic with support from the Verdant Health Commission.