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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.

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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.”

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.