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TRICK OR TREAT

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Trick or treat hours for the City of Goshen will be Thursday, Oct. 31 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Trick or treat Main Street, an event organized by the Chamber of Commerce, will be Thursday, Oct. 31, from noon to 5 p.m., in downtown Goshen. more

RAILROAD CROSSING CLOSURE: KERCHER ROAD

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Norfolk Southern Railroad will close the Railroad crossing on Kercher Road between CR 31 & CR 33, due to a broken rail. They will close it around 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 and expect it to be reopened later that evening, unless delayed by the weather. more

OCTOBER COMMUNITY CONVERSATION FOCUSES ON LEADERSHIP

Thursday, October 10, 2019

The second community conversation hosted by the Community Relations Commission and Goshen Community Schools will take place Thursday, October 24 at Schrock Pavilion in Shanklin Park, 411 W. Plymouth Ave. The conversation is titled How Goshen Grows: Balancing Power and Raising up Leaders. This... more

Upcoming Events All »

Park Board meeting

Today, 5:30pm

Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting

Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 4:00pm

City Council meeting - Budget 2nd reading

Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 7:00pm

Rescheduled due to Fall Break

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.