News Gleams: Former Speed-E-Mart Gets Health Clinic Makeover and South End & Central District Youth Plan to Walkaway from Negativity

Collected by Antonio Foster

Flickers of news from the South End

Speed- E-Mart turned Health Clinic to Open tomorrow in the Rainier Valley

A group of South End midwives and community members have turned a former Speed-E Mart into an accessible, affordable health care clinic for women and children. This is a midwifery-led clinic that provides individualized perinatal care for every family that comes through the door regardless of ability to pay. Families are seen by midwives and doctors and have the option of home, birth center or hospital for their birth.  They accept Medicaid/apple health, DSHS, private insurance, and offer a sliding scale for cash pay. This is the only location that any family can walk into to purchase breastfeeding supplies and receive direct breastfeeding support in the zip code.

There will be an Open House at the Rainier Valley Community Clinic, 9/19/15, from 11:00-2:30 with hourly giveaways and an awards ceremony at noon to honor those who have contributed supplies and services to help build out the clinic. This is open to the public and provides the opportunity to tour the clinic, meet the providers, and to learn about this innovative model of community based, midwifery-led care. To learn more visit or call Jodilyn Owen at 206-261-2312.


Youth Plan to Walk Away from Violence and Negativity

In a march, rally and festival  expected to bring community members from the South End and Central District together, youth  will pledge to “walk away” from negative life choices including violence, and crime.  The youth will be tasked with walking towards positive goals such as attaining a college degree and improving their community.

Organized by Michael Passion of the Walk Away City Collaborative the event is scheduled to run from 11am to 6pm and will take place at Genesee park. You can learn more at


SDOT conducted Road work on Rainier Avenue September 26th

Paving crews from the Seattle Department of Transportation will work on Rainier Avenue South between South Henderson Street and South Fischer Place on Saturday, Sept. 26, weather permitting. One lane will remain open in each direction. They plan to work from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Police officers will be on-site to assist traffic. Drivers should plan for delays and consider alternate routes.