The Center for Healing and Hope will soon be offering rapid tests for COVID-19 for people without insurance who live in Elkhart County. This testing has been arranged in collaboration with the Elkhart County Health Department and with a generous grant from the Community Foundation of Elkhart County. The grant came from the “COVID-19 Community Response Fund.” The fund is a joint effort of the Community Foundation of Elkhart County and United Way of Elkhart & LaGrange Counties.
People without insurance who live in Elkhart County and meet eligibility requirements can now pre-register for testing appointments by calling 574-216-1723.
Becoming a COVID-19 testing site will create significant additional expenses for the clinic. It has and will continue to take many extra staff hours to respond effectively and compassionately to this pandemic. The staff will be using more supplies such as masks and gloves to protect themselves and their patients; these supplies have now become more expensive. Revenues from patient fees are also expected to drop in the coming weeks.
“The center is facing additional strains on our staff and expenses, especially as we move away from planned fund-raising events to comply with health department directives,” said Center for Healing & Hope board chair Dr. Amanda Schmidt. “We would welcome additional support from our volunteers, donors and partners so we can continue to serve our patients, clients and community.”
If you would like to make a donation to the Center for Healing & Hope during this crucial time, you can make an online donation at chhclinics.org/donate or mail a donation via check made out to Center for Healing & Hope, P.O. Box 195, Goshen, IN, 46527.
In order to meet the high demand we expect, we will also need extra volunteers to assist with registration, set-up and tear-down, and other non-clinical tasks. These positions will be primarily outdoors and in a low-risk environment. Not all positions need to be bilingual.
If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out an application here.
Make sure you click on your areas of interest. Our staff will follow up with you for training and instructions.
For questions about donating, volunteering, or accessing tests, please call 574-534-4744.