The Center for Healing and Hope is now offering both antibody and molecular tests for COVID-19, thanks to a grant from the “COVID-19 Community Response Fund,” a joint program of Community Foundation of Elkhart County and United Way of Elkhart and LaGrange Counties. Testing is available for both uninsured and insured people in the region. The drive-through testing site is located in the parking lot outside the Plymouth United Church of Christ at 902 S. Main St. in Goshen.
It is not required to have symptoms in order to be tested. People interested in receiving a test must call or text the Center for Healing & Hope’s COVID-19 Hotline at 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.
To sign up to volunteer, please call 574-534-4744 or visit our online volunteer portal at CHHclinics.org/volunteer.