A grant of $10,000, received in late 2017 by the Center for Healing & Hope, adds support to the new Goshen Resident ID (GRID) card project.

The gift, received from Schowalter Foundation, based in Newton, Kan., will support the continuing effort to register a wide spectrum of Goshen residents for the GRID card.

Bryan Mierau, executive director of the Center for Healing & Hope, says, “This gift is a significant endorsement for our goal of building a stronger and healthier community for all of us. We have been encouraged by the support within Goshen that GRID received through all of our planning and the launch. This grant adds even more support as we work to issue GRID cards to as many residents of Goshen as possible.”

In applying for the grant, Mierau noted that people who do not have necessary identification have difficulty in conducting financial transactions at banks or credit unions, purchasing prescriptions or visiting their children’s classrooms in public schools. The GRID card will help to resolve these problems while it also creates a greater sense of community and celebrates the diversity within the city of Goshen.

The Center for Healing & Hope launched GRID in November 2017 and in December hosted five sessions for issuing cards. Additional sessions are scheduled weekly through 2018. More information is available by calling the Center: 574-534-4744 or contacting HOPE@CHHclinics.org.

Schowalter Foundation, founded in 1954, manages an ethically-invested endowment that enables it to give grants to emerging efforts in peacemaking and service to humankind.