We believe that everyone deserves the best care, support and assistance we can give, regardless of their immigration status. The Center for Healing & Hope coordinates the following programs to support immigration advocacy in Elkhart County.
Immigrant Resource Guide
This community resource guide, published in September 2020, is intended to be a quick reference guide for immigrants to learn more about services provided in Elkhart County, Indiana.
Elkhart County HOPE Network provides this guide. Elkhart County HOPE (Helping Our People Everywhere) Network provides financial resources to immigrants in Elkhart County through the Immigrant Resource Fund, distributes city IDs for Goshen residents, as well as connects clients with other nonprofits and organizations. HOPE Network is a program of the Center for Healing & Hope.
For more information about resources, contact the Director of Immigrant Services by calling 574-534-4744 ext. 209, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or texting 574-205-9425.
Know of a community resource not listed in this guide?
Please email email@example.com to have the information updated.
Click “Download” to access PDF versions of the guides in both English and Spanish. To request a print copy, please contact the Director of Immigrant Services by calling 574-534-4744 ext. 209, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or texting 574-205-9425.
Natural Helpers Program
The Natural Helpers Program extends the services we offer to our immigrant patients by connecting them with an immigrant volunteer who speaks their language and can refer the services in the community for food, transportation, housing, jobs, language classes, legal help, and more.
“Natural Helpers” is a nationwide program designed to bridge the gap between residents and the resources available to them by identifying, training and empowering local immigrants who understand the challenges of moving to a different place, learning a new language, and establishing a home in the U.S.
In any given community there are “helpers” who people of that community “naturally” turn to for help. These “natural helpers” are highly respected for their knowledge of available resources and services. A Natural Helpers program provides training to help already existing “natural helpers” better serve the members of their community. The goal is to develop a network of person-to-person support services that will help immigrants more effectively access existing community resources and work with community social service organizations.
Natural Helpers are available to meet with immigrant community members on Monday evenings from 5pm-7pm. No appointment necessary.
Have questions? Contact Lauro Zuñiga, Director of Immigrant Services by email email@example.com, phone 574-534-4744 ext. 209 or by texting “Support” to 574-205-9425.
Goshen Resident ID (GRID) Card Program
The Goshen Resident Identification card verifies the identity and address of the person to whom it is issued.
The Goshen Resident ID card is not a valid form of identification for voting. It is not a driver’s license.
The Goshen Resident ID card is for everyone who lives within the city limits of Goshen, Ind. The card will be of particular help to people who are unable to get a driver’s license or other form of official identification. This includes immigrants as well as elderly, formerly incarcerated and homeless people.
We are scheduling appointments for people to register for the GRID card. To schedule an appointment, call 574-534-4744 or text the word “GRID” and your preferred language to 574-205-9425.
Elkhart County HOPE (Helping Our People Everywhere) is a part of the Center for Healing & Hope. We are committed to matching volunteers and resources with people in our communities who have needs.
HOPE is a network of businesses, churches, educators, non-profit organizations and individuals who are ready to step in where there are needs. People who are struggling with the challenges of current policies and laws are the ones we are striving to help.
Our goal is to continue making our communities places where people feel welcomed and valued and where they can contribute their best potential for the good of all.