Goshen Resident ID Card

(GRID CARD)

What is the Goshen Resident ID card (GRID card)?

The Goshen Resident Identification card verifies the identity and address of the person to whom it is issued.

The Goshen Resident ID card is not a valid form of identification for voting. It is not a driver’s license.

Who is the Goshen Resident ID card for?

The Goshen Resident ID card is for everyone who lives within the city limits of Goshen, Ind. The card will be of particular help to people who are unable to get a driver’s license or other form of official identification. This includes immigrants as well as elderly, formerly incarcerated and homeless people.

What does the Goshen Resident ID card do?

  • It provides verified identification for the person carrying the card when that person interacts with community officials, such as personnel from law enforcement, city services and schools.
  • It may provide one way of confirming identity for purchasing prescriptions and handling money transactions.
  • The steering committee is working to build additional value into the cards; local businesses are invited to offer benefits, such as discounts on products and services, for people who show a Goshen Resident ID card.

The Goshen Resident ID card is not a valid form of identification for voting. It is not a driver’s license.

How can someone get a Goshen Resident ID card?

To get a card, a person will need to provide several documents that confirm his or her identity and address. Staff will review the documents for authenticity before issuing a card. No identifying information about applicants will be maintained after the card is issued.

What does it cost to get a Goshen Resident ID card?

The anticipated cost of the Goshen Resident ID card is $25. Discounts may be available when several members of a family apply at the same time.

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Will the card be issued to undocumented immigrants?

Yes, the Goshen Resident ID card is for everyone who lives in Goshen and thus it will be issued to residents who are undocumented immigrants if they provide the required proof of identity and address.

How can I help this effort?

Volunteers will be needed, especially at times when people are applying for cards. Anyone wishing to assist may contact Dominique Chew, immigrant resource coordinator at the Center for Healing & Hope: 574-534-4744 ext. 201, or HOPE@CHHclinics.org.

The Center for Healing & Hope also solicits contributions to help with the launch of this program. The $25 fee will cover the cost of individual cards, but advance investments are needed for equipment, systems and training. To make a contribution, visit www.CHHclinics.org/donate and designate your gift for “Elkhart County HOPE.”

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