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GRID benefits at local businesses

Goshen restaurants and businesses are getting behind GRID.

When you show your GRID card (Goshen Resident ID card) at these businesses and restaurants, you will either get a discount on your purchase or you will qualify for a special deal. So visit these businesses and say “Thanks” as together we are building a stronger and healthier community for all of us.

 

Goshen Resident ID card to become available in December

A new effort to provide Goshen residents with cards that verify their identities and addresses will be launched in December by the Center for Healing & Hope.

The Goshen Resident ID card is designed to help everyone who resides within the city limits of Goshen, Ind. It will serve a variety of purposes, varying from affirming identification to obtaining benefits from local businesses.

While intended for everyone, the cards will be of particular help to people who are not able to get driver’s licenses or other forms of official identification. This includes immigrants as well as elderly, formerly incarcerated and homeless people.

Having a uniform way to confirm residents’ identities and addresses will be valuable for personnel from law enforcement, city services and schools as they interact with members of the community. The cards also may provide a way of confirming identity for purchasing prescriptions and handling money transactions. In addition, the task force working on this project expects to build additional value into the cards by inviting local businesses to offer benefits to card holders, such as discounts on products and services.

The effort is led by Elkhart County HOPE (Helping Our People Everywhere), a part of the Center for Healing & Hope. A task force of community leaders—representatives of businesses, not-for-profit agencies, civic organizations and churches—is organizing the project.

The Goshen Resident ID card is modeled after the successful South Bend Community Resident Card (SB ID). La Casa de Amistad in South Bend began offering the SB ID cards early in 2017. By the end of July they had issued almost 1,000 cards, a significantly greater number than anticipated. Other cities with municipal ID cards are New York City, Detroit, Chicago, Milwaukee and Oakland.

To get a Goshen Resident ID 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. The anticipated cost of a card is $25; discounts may be available for some situations.

Applications are taken only during scheduled appointments; call the Center for Healing & Hope, 574-534-4744 ext 201, to make an appointment. Two times in December during which people may apply are:

* Friday, December 1, 3–7 pm

* Friday, December 15, 3–7 pm

The location is the Center for Healing & Hope offices and clinic in the Plymouth United Church of Christ at 902 S. Main Street.

The Center for Healing & Hope is initiating this project as a way to create a greater sense of community within Goshen. Bryan Mierau, executive director of the Center for Healing & Hope, noted that “some residents are so fearful that they are not taking care of basic needs, such as getting prescriptions or visiting a doctor. Some are reluctant to take their children to school activities. If we can relieve some of this anxiety for our immigrant neighbors with this Goshen Resident  ID card, we will have made Goshen a much safer and more friendly home for everyone.”

“Goshen relies significantly on the labor of immigrants and on their educational and cultural contributions, especially from the Latino community,” Richard Aguirre, founder of the EC HOPE network, said. “It’s been very encouraging that so many people see the value of the Goshen Resident ID card and have endorsed this program and its purposes.” Aguirre, who has worked to develop a Goshen ID card since June 2016, is a member of the card task force and of the Center for Healing & Hope board of directors.

The task force believes that the Goshen Resident ID card can offer a greater measure of confidence to people who now are fearful or vulnerable because of recent developments with immigration policies. Dominique Chew, immigrant resource coordinator for the Center for Healing & Hope, expressed this goal of the task force’s work: “I’m excited to have a specific and concrete way to bring a sense of safety and security to folks in this in this community and a way for people to stand in solidarity with others.”

The task force developing the Goshen Resident ID card has received encouragement from city officials to proceed with their effort. City leaders, including some fire and law enforcement personnel, welcome the use of these cards, because they will have greater confidence in the identification of people whom they encounter. Card holders will have the confidence of knowing they can verify their identities, freeing them for greater interaction within the community.

“Over the past year, I’ve spoken to many undocumented immigrants who have established successful lives in Goshen and who simply want to continue living here and contributing to a diverse and welcoming city that was named the ‘Community of the Year’ by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce last week,” Aguirre said. “Immigrants have affirmed the need for a city identification card, and we’re glad to be able to provide a way for them and other vulnerable people to feel safer and more at home in Goshen.”

By mid-November, the following organizations have indicated their endorsement of the GRID card: City of Goshen, the Public Policy Committee of the Chamber of Commerce, Goshen Health, Goshen Public Library and Goshen College. JoJo’s Pretzels is the first businesses to announce a benefit; those showing a GRID card will get a 30% discount on their purchases.

Best year yet for EAT•SHOP•GIVE

Thank you to all who helped to make 2017 EAT•SHOP•GIVE effort the most successful yet for the Center for Healing & Hope.

This year, 466 certificates were purchased by supporters and friends of CHH, compared to between 300 and 400 in previous years.

Thank you to the 24 businesses that were  part of the effort, sharing half of the proceeds with the Center for Healing & Hope. Thank you to Venturi Pizza, who matched the first $1,000 donated above the cost of the certificates. A total of $1,370 was donated through the EAT•SHOP•GIVE effort.

Thank you to everyone who purchased certificates, supporting both the medical and immigrant support programs of CHH and the local businesses and restaurants.

Bryan Mierau, executive director of the Center for Healing & Hope, said, “We are grateful for such strong support in the Goshen community, from both businesses and individuals. It is only with gifts like and the gifts of time from many volunteers that we are able to provide care and advocacy to meet needs and strengthen our community.”

2017 participating businesses and restaurants:

  • Better World Books
  • Constant Spring
  • Dana J’s Deli
  • El Camino Real 4
  • El Duranguenze Mexican Restaurant
  • The Electric Brew
  • Flowers by Phoebe
  • Found
  • Honey’s Frozen Desserts
  • Goshen Family Restaurant
  • Goshen Farmers Market
  • Los Primos
  • Maple City Market
  • Maple Indian Cuisine
  • The Nut Shoppe
  • Olympia Candy Kitchen
  • Reverie
  • San Marcos Mexican Grill
  • Soapy Gnome
  • South Side Soda Shop
  • Ten Thousand Villages
  • Universal Tamal
  • Wasabi Japanese Steak House & Sushi
  • Woldruff’s Footwear and Apparel

 

 

Buy your EAT•SHOP•GIVE certificates now

Certificates for EAT•SHOP•GIVE, our fall fund-raising program, are now available.Buy Certificates button

As you support the Center for Healing & Hope, you also support your choice of the 24 participating Goshen restaurants and businesses.

When you buy a $20 certificate to a participating businesses, half of the cost comes to the Center for Healing & Hope to support our medical clinics and immigrant assistance programs.

Visit the secure EAT•SHOP•GIVE page to purchase certificates online.

You also can purchase certificates in these ways:

  • call our office at 574.534.4744, ext 201
  • visit the Center office at 902 South Main Street in Goshen (Plymouth United Church of Christ)
  • visit the Goshen Farmers Market on Saturday, Sept 16, from 8:30 am to noon
  • find us at Goshen’s First Friday, Oct 6, at San Marcos Mexican Grill or Better World Books

Certificates are available for purchase until October 20 or until sold out (if before that date). Certificates may be used until December 31, 2017. Some businesses have restrictions or limitations on the certificates, so please read the information page carefully.

Open this link to find out which businesses still have certificates available.

  • Better World Books
  • Constant Spring
  • Dana J’s Deli
  • El Camino Real 4
  • El Duranguenze Mexican Restaurant
  • The Electric Brew
  • Flowers by Phoebe (SOLD OUT)
  • Found
  • Honey’s Frozen Desserts
  • Goshen Family Restaurant
  • Goshen Farmers Market
  • Los Primos (SOLD OUT)
  • Maple City Market (SOLD OUT)
  • Maple Indian Cuisine
  • The Nut Shoppe
  • Olympia Candy Kitchen
  • Reverie (SOLD OUT)
  • San Marcos Mexican Grill
  • Soapy Gnome (SOLD OUT)
  • South Side Soda Shop (SOLD OUT)
  • Ten Thousand Villages
  • Universal Tamal
  • Wasabi Japanese Steak House & Sushi
  • Woldruff’s Footwear and Apparel

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EAT•SHOP•GIVE kicks off with Dessert First, Sept. 13

Enjoy your Dessert First on Wednesday, Sept 13, 4:30–6:30 pm, at 902 S. Main Street in Goshen, while you support the Center for Healing & Hope. Enjoy a free dessert and buy $20 EAT•SHOP•GIVE certificates to Goshen area restaurants and businesses. Half of the value of these certificates will go to the medical care and immigrant support programs of the Center for Healing & Hope. Twenty-four businesses are participating this year—some for the first time.

In addition, donations made above the cost of certificates will be matched by Venturi Pizza.

Certificates also will be available for purchase:

  • at the Goshen Farmers Market on Saturday, Sept 16
  • at Goshen’s First Friday on Oct. 6 at San Marcos and Better World Books
  • online at CHHclinics.org beginning Sept. 14

Download information about participating businesses, including any limits or restrictions on certificates.

2017 EAT•SHOP•GIVE Participating businesses

  • Better World Books
  • Constant Spring
  • Dana J’s Deli
  • El Camino Real 4
  • El Duranguenze Mexican Restaurant
  • The Electric Brew
  • Flowers by Phoebe
  • Found
  • Honey’s Frozen Desserts
  • Goshen Family Restaurant
  • Goshen Farmers Market
  • Los Primos
  • Maple City Market
  • Maple Indian Cuisine
  • The Nut Shoppe
  • Olympia Candy Kitchen
  • Reverie
  • San Marcos Mexican Grill
  • Soapy Gnome
  • South Side Soda Shop
  • Ten Thousand Villages
  • Universal Tamal
  • Wasabi Japanese Steak House & Sushi
  • Woldruff’s Footware and Apparel

Certificates will be available until October 20 or until sold out. They are honored until December 31, 2017.

 

Three debut performances at benefit concert

Evergreen Singers, a choir of about 39 voices, gave a benefit concert for the Center for Healing & Hope on Sunday, August 13. The performance was at Plymouth United Church of Christ where the Center for Healing & Hope has its clinic facilities and offices.

The choir sang 15 pieces and two of these were premier performances. “Grace to you and peace” was commissioned from Lee Dengler and Susan Naus Dengler by a member of the choir. It is based on verses from the book of Revelation and featured a trumpet solo from Chloe Harms. A second debut performance was “Our shepherd leads,” with lyrics written by Janet Anderson, an employee at Greencroft Retirement Center in Goshen and music by the choir’s director, Dan Steiner. Accompanying the choir and performing several organ pieces was Laurie Blough.

In a surprise element of the concert, three employees of the Center for Healing & Hope performed as a trio, singing “Longing forLight” by Bernadette Farrell. Trio members were Mary Klassen, communications specialist; Dominique Chew, office manager and immigrant resources coordinator; and Bryan Mierau, executive director.

A free-will offering was taken during the concert, resulting in a total gift of more than $3,000 for the Center’s work of proving urgent medical care and advocacy programs for immigrants.

Benefit concert, August 13

The Evergreen Singers will present a concert to benefit the Center for Healing & Hope on Sunday, August 13, at 3 pm at Plymouth United Church of Christ, 902 S. Main St., Goshen.

The concert will feature the debut performances of two songs. The first is a commissioned piece, “Grace to you and peace,” composed by Lee Dengler and Susan Naus Dengler, based on Revelation 1:4-6 and 8. The text of the second was written by Janet Anderson, a Greencroft employee, and the music was composed by Dan Steiner, the choir’s director. Other numbers include classical choir pieces, spirituals and arrangements by Alice Parker.

The choir consists of 36 members, all of whom are older than 50 and reside in the Goshen area. In addition to Steiner as director, the choir is led by assistant director Kay Hoffmeister and organist and accompanist Laurie Blough.

The concert is open to all at no charge. A free-will offering will be taken to support the Center for Healing & Hope, with offices and clinic facilities in the Plymouth United Church of Christ building.

The Center for Healing and Hope offers urgent medical care to people who do not have insurance or a doctor or who have limited funds to pay for medical care. In addition, the Center is expanding its mission, working with other community groups to launch programs that will bring a greater sense of security to people, especially our immigrant neighbors.

School physicals offered at Center for Healing & Hope

If your child needs a physical exam to be enrolled in school or to participate in sports and you don’t have health insurance, your child can get a physical at the Center for Healing & Hope (CHH) in Goshen.

During the months of July and August, CHH is offering school physicals at a reduced fee. The cost is $30 for the first student in a family and $5 for each additional student in the family. Cash or debit cards are accepted.

Students will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis during regular clinic hours at the Goshen CHH clinic, 902 S. Main Street (Plymouth United Church of Christ). Clinic hours are Tuesday and Thursday evenings with registration beginning at 4:30 pm and Friday mornings with registration beginning at 8:30 am.

Students should bring forms provided by their school with all appropriate information filled out before arriving.

See also http://chhclinics.org/school-physicals

Elkhart clinic closes

The Center for Healing & Hope has closed its Monday evening clinic at Grace Lutheran Church in Elkhart. Patients are encouraged to visit the clinic in Goshen at the Plymouth United Church of Christ at 902 S. Main Street on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Friday mornings.

The average number of patients visiting the once-a-week clinic in west-central Elkhart was between two and three. Meanwhile, more than one-third of the patients visiting the Goshen clinic have been coming from Elkhart.

Concentrating services in one location will make it possible for CHH to better serve all patients, especially the nearly 70 percent who identify themselves as Latino. With the recent inclusion of the Elkhart County HOPE network, CHH is beginning to provide other forms of support to its immigrant neighbors. The Goshen location will be the center of this expanding activity.

CHH continues to be needed to serve patients who do not have health insurance or a primary care doctor. A 2016 Beacon Health community assessment indicates that about one third of our 40,000 Latino neighbors have no health insurance. With the current situation of uncertainty, CHH continues to be a trusted source for urgent medical care at a very lost cost. CHH staff diagnose health issues and treat what they are able to address. They also assist patients in finding reasonably priced specialty services and aim to connect patients with doctors who can provide ongoing care.

In Elkhart, CHH will continue providing free medical screenings at designated sites, such as Faith Mission. CHH also will continue building relationships with Elkhart health and community service organizations and with churches and businesses in order to collaborate in meeting needs in the community.

CHH expresses thanks to Grace Lutheran Church for providing a home for the Elkhart clinic for the past 11 years. CHH also thanks the many doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, and volunteer greeters and office staff for their faithful service. The contributions of time, finances and prayer support for the Elkhart clinic has been immeasurably valuable.

Dominique Chew joins CHH staff

Dominique Chew has joined the staff of the Center for Healing & Hope to fill two roles. She will be office manager and serve in a new position as immigrant resource coordinator.

Dominique Chew

Dominique Chew

In the new role Chew will help develop and manage the programs and services that the Center for Healing and Hope (CHH) will offer through the Elkhart County HOPE network. CHH has recently embraced Elkhart County HOPE, a network that is dedicated to helping immigrant members of the Goshen and Elkhart communities who need assistance.

Most recently Chew has taught English as a New Language to adults through Goshen College. Previous to this she served at World Vision International at the United Nations through Mennonite Voluntary Service. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Goshen College with a major in English.

Chew says her interest in working with immigrants has grown over the last several months and she is looking forward to new opportunities to be involved with them. The students in her English classes have Spanish as a first language and working with them has helped enhance her Spanish-speaking abilities. “In college I’d heard so much about Goshen’s and Elkhart’s diverse population, but didn’t see this diversity reflected in places where I spent my time. Now, especially with the current political climate, I’m placing more value on being intentional about engaging with my immigrant neighbors and friends in a meaningful way. I want my work, at CHH and in the community, to reflect that I’m standing in solidarity with marginalized populations within Elkhart County.”

Bryan Mierau, executive director of CHH, said, “Dominique comes to CHH with unique intercultural experiences and interests that will serve our community well as she steps into expanded advocacy opportunities as our immigrant resource coordinator. At the same time, we’ll rely on her organizational skills to coordinate our office operations. I am very pleased that Dominique has chosen to offer herself and her talents for the ongoing ministry that we share together.”