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Ritter Center Opens New Medical Clinic

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Marin County | California

After much huffing and puffing from some neighborhood critics, the Ritter Center’s expanded medical clinic officially opened in San Rafael on November 14th.

New Ritter Center Medical Clinic

The Gerstle Park Neighborhood Association had fought the installation of the new clinic from the start because members believed it would attract increasing numbers of troublesome homeless people to the area. They also complained that a required firewall and parapet were ugly and disturbed neighborhood aesthetics. “This new [wall] is a blight, no matter how much blue paint they cover it with,” said Amy Likover, president of the Gerstle Park Neighborhood Association. “The design is simply inappropriate to the gateway to San Rafael.” (Marin Independent Journal, Sept 1, 2012)

Firewall under construction

Firewall under construction.

Firewall from the real of new medical module.

The association managed to slow the approval of the modular building but not stop it. Now that the installation is complete, I think most people would agree that the building actually improves the appearance of a space formerly used to park vehicles and store dumpsters.

The new clinic displaces parking and dumpster space.

The new clinic displaces parking and dumpster space.

If you happen to be in San Rafael, drive over to Ritter Street and judge for yourself. If you’ve been by the Center before, you might also notice that fewer people are loitering in and around the premises. This is probably due to the new security officer and the new ban on smoking. I don’t know if this is affecting the number of people receiving services, but if so, I believe this is a temporary result of the much-needed enhancements to the Ritter Center. It certainly would be a huge mistake to allow smoking back on the grounds to make the campus “more inviting.”


Written by Ron Greene

November 18, 2012 at 12:45 pm

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  1. Thx Ron for your attention to,this issue! J

    Sent from my iPad

    Judith Pruess-Mellow

    November 18, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    • It is wonderful to see that our community can provide for the health needs of its members above and beyond the dissenting few who already have health care. We are all connected and lifting up those in need gains merit for every one of us. This medical clinic module is a shining example of how administering to true human needs have won out over the mechanisms of classism due the dedicated effort of the compassionate people who have their eye on the bigger picture.

      Thank you Ritter Center, for keeping up the good fight to care for our underprovided.

      Thank you Ron, for spreading the word and doing so with your great photography.

      Grant Vaughn

      November 19, 2012 at 10:08 am

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    July 2, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    • The Ritter Center is a wonderful place doing great work for the community.

      Ron Greene

      July 3, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    • The people at the Ritter Center are great and truly dedicated to helping low income and homeless people.

      Ron Greene

      July 3, 2013 at 5:06 pm

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