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HELP THE CITY OF GOSHEN DECORATE THE MIRTH TREE

Friday, December 9, 2022

This holiday season, we encourage you to take some time to get creative and help decorate the Mirth Tree! In an effort to reduce waste, the City of Goshen’s Department of Environment Resilience (GDER) wants to encourage you to see what you can create with only the things you can find or recycle.... more

Stormwater Partnership Surface Water Report on Annual Trends in Water Quality Published

Friday, December 9, 2022

The St. Joseph River Basin Commission has published a report analyzing over a decade of water quality data collected by the Elkhart County Health Department as part of the Greater Elkhart County Stormwater Partnership’s long-term surface water monitoring program. The report focuses on long-term... more

COMMUNITY INPUT MEETING

Friday, December 9, 2022

WHEN: Thursday, December 15, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.WHERE: Prairie View Elementary School Gym, 1730 Regent Street, Goshen Please plan to attend to learn more about the mixed-use development being proposed for this 170-acres of land on the south side of Goshen including: Types and quantities of... more

Upcoming Events All »

Board of Works & Safety & Stormwater Board

Monday, December 12, 2022, 2:00pm

To join the webinar, please copy and paste this link on your browser: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81801258378 Or call: (301) 715-8592 or 312 626 6799 Webinar ID: 847 4800 4365 Dial *9 to "raise hand" and speak during public comment

Community Relations Commission

Monday, December 12, 2022, 7:00pm

Redevelopment Commission

Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 3:00pm

Homelessness

Mayor Jeremy Stutsman's statement on Homelessness in Goshen

I want to thank those who have reached out to the City for their passion and concern regarding those in our community who don’t have shelter. This is an issue the City of Goshen takes very seriously, especially when we experience extremely cold temperatures. In the past several years we have opened warming stations and directly notified those who we know are homeless about this special program. Unfortunately we never had anyone utilize the warming areas, so we shifted our approach to try and better serve this population.

Goshen Police Department and other City employees do our best to provide support to those in need. When we have severe weather, Goshen PD will notify those in need of their options. That can range from connecting them with local churches, Interfaith Hospitality Network, and even transporting them directly to the shelter in Elkhart if they wish. We will never leave anyone out on the street who is seeking shelter.

Members of the Goshen community have an important role to play in protecting the homeless.

If you are aware of someone in need during severe weather, here are some things you can do:

  1. If you feel comfortable, reach out to the person directly. Ask them if they are OK and need someplace to go.
  2. Notify Goshen Police Department by calling the 24 hour non-emergency number 574-533-4151. It is very important to call and not send an email or other as those messages are dependent on someone being in front of a computer. Phones calls to the 24 hour line are answered immediately. Goshen PD will contact the person and perform a life safety check, let them know of their options, and offer them transportation if they want it. If there is a medical emergency Goshen PD will notify the Goshen Paramedics immediately to get the individual the help they need. In times when Goshen PD is already experiencing high call volume, Goshen FD is there to respond as well.
  3. Contact Interfaith Hospitality Network at 574-534-2300, currently a 24 hour line.
  4. The City of Goshen is always interested in new ideas of how to better serve our residents. Please don’t hesitate to contact the city if needed. 574-533-9322

Thank you again for working to help those in need. Please share this information with your friends and family. Together we will be able to make a bigger difference!

Click here for a list of resources for helping the homeless population in Goshen.