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Women’s health exams / Mejore su salud

Complete exams for women are available for a significantly reduced fee on three Fridays in May: May 5, 12 and 26.

Un evento para mujeres sin cobertura medica y sin doctor familiar: 5, 12 y 26 de Mayo, 8-11:30 am

These exams include the following:

  • PAP smear
  • Cholesterol test
  • Diabetes screening
  • Blood pressure check
  • Body mass index
  • Breast exam
  • Health education
  • Follow up

Women must schedule an appointment to participate in this health event. The total value of the exam is $380, but we provide them for $50 if paid in advance, or $60 if paid at the time the exam is received.

These exams are offered to women who do not have their own doctor or health insurance.
To schedule an exam and for more information, call 574-534-4744, ext. 201. The location for the exams is our Goshen clinic at 902 S. Main Street in the Plymouth United Church of Christ.

View a flier about Spring into Health

Ver un folleto acerca de Mejore de Salud

Buy your Fiesta Feast tickets

This event is sold out. Thank you for the tremendous support!

Tickets for Fiesta Feast tickets are now on sale. Join us on April 22 at College Mennonite Church in Goshen for a great meal, good fellowship and supporting the Center for Healing & Hope.

Your purchase helps us raise funds to continue helping people who do not have adequate insurance or a family doctor and need urgent care. Please consider inviting someone who has not attended this event before to help more people learn about the Center for Healing & Hope.

You will be able to enjoy traditional Mexican foods
The main plate will  be prepared by San Marcos Mexican Grill in downtown Goshen:

  • Carnitas (pork) or fajitas (chicken)
  • Rice and beans
  • Salad
  • Mexican sweet bread

You may either dine in or take out your meal.

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Ticket costs

  • Individual ticket: $10.00
  • Maximum family cost: $40.00 (for parents and children in the home)
  • Sponsor a table for eight: $200  (Invite coworkers or friends, or let us know and we’ll fill the table with people who would not otherwise be able to come.)

We invite additional donations to help us with our mission of serving people without insurance or a doctor. We lowered the price for tickets this year so more people could participate, but we continue to count on the same level of support from those who can make additional contributions. You can contribute when you purchase tickets online, when you call our office or when you enjoy the Fiesta Feast event.

Here’s how you can purchase your tickets

  • Visit our online Fiesta Feast ticket site
  • Call our office: 574-524-4744 ext 201. Tell us how many you want and have your credit card ready to purchase them.
  • Come to our office to make your purchase. Office hours are Monday 10-4:30; Tuesday 9:30-5; Thursday 9:30-5 and Friday 8:30-12:30.

If you purchase your tickets online or by phone, you may pick them up at our offices or at the door.

Fiesta Feast is held in the Fellowship Hall of College Mennonite Church, 1900 S. Main Street, in Goshen, Ind. Activities for children will be available, so bring the whole family to support CHH and the delicious meal.

For information, call 574-534-4744 ext 201.

Sponsors for Fiesta Feast 2017 include Interra Credit Union, The Papers, Yoder-Culp Funeral Home and Tri-Lakes Community Church.




Free health screenings for Goodwill shoppers

Free health screenings will be available from Center for Healing & Hope staff at the Goodwill location on Mishawaka Road in Elkhart on Saturday, April 1.

Between 10:30 am and 1:30 pm, anyone shopping at the Goodwill store can have a basic health check-up. This includes checks of blood pressure, cholesterol, body hydration and Body Mass Index. Anyone with two or more risk factors for diabetes may have a blood sugar test. Nurses who do the screenings will offer education and counsel if any health concerns are discovered. In addition, insurance navigators will be present to offer free help for people to check eligibility and enroll in health insurance.

These services are provided through a new partnership of Goodwill, the Center for Healing & Hope, Heart City Health Center, Beacon Hospital Community Outreach and United Way.

The first Saturday of the month is one of Goodwill’s half-price sale days, and CHH and the other organizations will be on site so shoppers can conveniently get health information and education.

CHH hopes to continue offering these health screenings on the first Saturday of the month for the near future.

For more information, contact the CHH office: 574-534-4744 ext 201, or

Fiesta Feast set for April 22

The annual Fiesta Feast fund-raising event is set for Saturday, April 22, at College Mennonite Church in south Goshen.

The menu will change this year with San Marcos providing the main part of the meal–carnitas, pollo, rice, beans and salad. Dessert and beverages also are planned to correspond to the shift to foods from Mexico.

The event, scheduled for 5 to 7 pm, will include some activities for families with children as well as opportunities to learn about how the Center for Healing & Hope meets needs in the Goshen and Elkhart communities.

Tickets can be reserved starting in March 20. The individual ticket price has been reduced to $10, and the maximum price for a family of parents with children in the home is $40. This makes the event affordable for more people, but we ask that those who can give more will make additional donations to support our work.

We invite churches and businesses to sponsor a table for eight for the price of $200 to provide additional support for the mission of CHH.

Watch for additional announcements when the tickets are available.

Gil Pérez joins CHH as staff nurse

Gil Pérez has joined the staff at the Center for Healing & Hope as a staff nurse. He currently serves as an LPN at The Residence at Waterford Crossing and now also is one of two nurses on the CHH staff.

Gil completed training as an LPN at IvyTech Community College in 2014. Previous to this he worked in manufacturing first in Mexico and then in the U.S. He also has been a financial advocate at Goshen hospital.

At CHH, in addition to regular nursing work in the clinics, Gil will do health screenings and patient education, especially diabetic education for Spanish-speaking patients. “When I worked at the hospital as a financial advocate, I was able to make a difference in other peoples’ lives with gifts God has given me,” he said. “With nursing, I am able to make connections with people and be a part of meeting their needs, not only physical but also spiritual.”

Bryan Mierau, executive director of CHH, said, “I’m excited to have Gil join our CHH clinical team for several reasons: He strengthens our intercultural capacity by way of being raised in Mexico and having Spanish as a first language. He shares our commitment to providing health care in the context of Christian love. And he offers the additional benefit of being a male nurse—diversifying our staff team even more.”

Gil and Denise, his wife, have one son. They are members of People’s Bible Church in Benton, Ind.


Thank you, Faith Lutheran Church

Thanks to Faith Lutheran Church of Goshen for their donations that arrived on January 18:

29 rolls of paper towels
131 rolls of toilet paper
13 boxes of facial tissues
disinfecting wipes
more than 1500 drinking cups
trash bags
hand soap
disinfectant cleaner

This generosity is a very concrete way of helping us meet our neighbors’ needs for medical care.

For other ideas of what we need in our clinics and offices, visit our Donate page.

Holiday schedule

The Center for Healing & Hope will be closed Friday, Dec 23, through Monday, Jan 2. There will be no clinic or office hours during these days.

We will reopen our office on Tuesday, Jan 3, at 9:30 am, and our Goshen clinic at the usual time on Tuesday, Jan 3, at 4:30 pm.

Jorge A. Campos to serve as chair of CHH board

Jorge A. Campos has been named chairperson of the board of directors of the Center for Healing & Hope, effective January 1.

Jorge A. Campos

Jorge A. Campos, incoming chair of CHH board of directors

Campos is the Business Development Executive–RV for Boyd Corporation. He is responsible for the operations of the Sales Team, which supplies components to the recreational vehicle market. He has already served for several years on the volunteer board for CHH.

“The main thing that attracted me to this organization is that the Center for Healing & Hope helps ALL in need of medical assistance, regardless of faith, status, or even means to pay without intense questioning,” Campos said. “CHH staff and volunteers show their passion and commitment to help make CHH a bridge to medical assistance for all those who do not have medical coverage.”

Campos sites his own experience as motivation for serving in this community leadership role. “As an immigrant from Mexico, coming to this great country as a young man (at age 10) and being blessed with so many opportunities, I find it very important and rewarding to help all of those in need the same way so many helped me get to where I am today.”

The board of CHH includes nine to twelve members, representing a variety of organizations and roles in the Elkhart and Goshen area. The former chair, Tim Stair, a consultant with Mennonite Health Services, Stiffney Group and Evergreen Leaders, will continue serving on the board.

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Patients with significant needs for medical care rely on CHH when they are not able to get care anywhere else.Give online button

CHH continues to rely on community support to make this care possible.

Patient stories tell of the needs:

  • Families are coming here because jobs are available, but it takes time to get work, insurance and a doctor.
  • Part-time jobs offer no insurance; other employment options may have premiums too high to afford.
  • When someone loses a job, they lose insurance and access to their regular doctor.
    Some medical practices are not able to take new patients.
  • Some patients qualify for coverage through the Healthcare Marketplace and want help navigating through the application and enrollment.

This is why the Center for Healing & Hope continues to fill a crucial role in the health care picture in our area.

With your help, CHH steps into the gap with volunteer nurses, doctors and other professionals who treat medical needs, and add a dimension of caring that brings healing and hope.

Please consider making a contribution to the Center for Healing & Hope in your year-end giving. You can

  • give online,
  • call our office to make a credit-card gift (574-534-4744),
  • send you gift by mail (PO Box 195, Goshen, IN  46527-0195)

Join us in giving thanks for the strengths in our communities and for the ways we can work together toward the healing and hope God offers. As Paul wrote, “This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God” (2 Cor. 9:12).

In faith and hope,
Bryan Mierau
Executive Director

Brunch for volunteers

volunteer brunch table groupNearly 3,000 volunteer hours were logged in this last year at the Center for Healing & Hope, thanks to many who contribute their time to make CHH possible.

On Saturday, Nov. 5, the CHH staff hosted volunteers for an annual brunch at Sunnyside Mennonite Church, Elkhart, as a way of expressing gratitude for their faithful partnership to make CHH possible. With the theme “Stories make us stronger,” the event included stories from staff and opportunities for volunteers to share stories with each other.

Sharon Miller, clinic manager, gave a special thanks to doctors, noting, “We have not had to close the clinic for the last 12 months because we have had doctors willing to come.” Without the doctors, she added, it would not be possible to offer the clinics to people who have no insurance or cannot afford medical care for other reasons. In addition, Sharon noted that although 2,942 volunteer hours were logged, the actual number was likely much more.

Bryan Mierau, who began his role as the new executive director of CHH on Oct. 17, shared brief stories from his life as a way of introducing himself to the volunteers. He explained how he often felt a tension between a calling to ministry and wanting to increase his knowledge and skills in health care, so now is glad for being part of the health care ministry of CHH. He is grateful, he said, for “the rich network of support that is needed to sustain and grow the mission of our clinics.”

To the volunteers Bryan said, “Thank you for including the Center for Healing & Hope as part of your story. We couldn’t do it without you.”

Many of the volunteers are medical professionals, including in the last year 28 physicians and 40 nurses; nursing students from several nearly colleges are in addition to these numbers. Other volunteers help with translation, welcoming and hosting patients at the clinics, and assisting with record-keeping. Still others assist with events and fund-raising.

The Center for Healing & Hope provides urgent medical care and advocacy for those who do not have a medical home. Two locations offer four clinics each week: Monday evenings at Grace Lutheran Church in Elkhart; and Tuesday evenings, Thursday evenings and Friday mornings at Plymouth United Methodist Church in Goshen.


A photo album from the volunteer recognition brunch can be viewed on the CHH Facebook page: