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The Union Gospel Mission Is In Need Of Spanish Speaking Translators For Their Medical Clinic

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YAKIMA, WA.- The Union Gospel Mission is mostly known as a shelter for the homeless here in Yakima, but there are other services offered to low income families that are sometimes overlooked. Their free medical clinic is one of those services and it's completely staffed by volunteers.

Friday they showed us around the clinic and explained where they need more help from volunteers. The mission see's around 250 people a week at their clinic and less than 1% of the people they see are homeless. The majority of people that come in are low income families and don't typically speak any English, which the clinic says can be a problem in the medical field.


Most of their volunteers are students that come for experience from schools like Pacific Northwest University and Washington State University, however the mission is running into a language barrier issue. They told us most of their student volunteers don't speak a second language making it difficult to work with the high number of Hispanic families they see at the medical clinic, one of the reasons they say they need more Spanish speaking translators.

"It's critical, no communication can be dangerous. We sometimes have 5 to 6 different practitioners at the clinic, none of which speak Spanish, and most of our patients only speak Spanish," Doctor Ryan Crafts explained.


They're primarily looking for Spanish speaking translators, if you'd like to know how you can get involved and volunteer as a translator you can contact the Union Gospel Mission at 248-9207.