Twenty-nine community organizations from Goshen and the surrounding area were selected to receive a total of $349,500 in grants from Goshen Health’s Community Benefit Fund. The organizations received their awards April 23 at a reception in the Arbor Conference Center at Goshen Hospital.
“Providing this support to these organizations allows us to extend our mission of improving the health of our communities,” said Randy Christophel, Goshen Health president and CEO. “These nonprofits are experts at what they do. By supporting them and helping them fulfill their missions, we are working together to meet the diverse needs of the people who live and work in our communities.”
2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the Community Benefit Fund. The money this year was distributed to the following 29 organizations (for 26 grants and three special projects):
- Amish Youth Vision Project
- Bashor Children’s Home
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Elkhart County
- Boys & Girls Club of Elkhart County
- Boys & Girls Club of Nappanee
- Cancer Resources for Elkhart County (formerly United Cancer Services)
- CARE Foundation (CARE House)
- Center for Healing & Hope
- Child and Parent Services (CAPS)
- Church Community Services
- Council on Aging of Elkhart County
- Elkhart County Clubhouse
- Family Christian Development Center
- Goshen Farmers Market
- Goshen Theater Project
- Horizon Education Alliance
- LaGrange County Council on Aging
- Maple City Health Care Center
- MDC Goldenrod
- Northern Indiana Hispanic Health Coalition
- Parkside Elementary School
- REAL Services of Elkhart County
- Ryan’s Place
- SPA Women’s Ministry Homes
- The Window
Nonprofit organizations who share Goshen Health’s mission to improve the health of the community are eligible for grant funding. Goshen Health Foundation administers the fund on behalf of Goshen Health. Priority is given to organizations addressing specific community health needs such as access to health and mental health services; reducing obesity, treating chronic diseases, advancing cancer research and helping people quit using tobacco.
Since 2005, the Amish Youth Vision Project has provided drug and alcohol counseling for Amish youth. “The grant enables us to provide a drug, alcohol and mental health assessment for every Amish youth referred to us in a safe and comfortable environment – their own home. Our goal is to offer a friendly and helpful face during a difficult and confusing time for Amish families who are often confounded by the legal and mental health systems they encounter after their children run into law enforcement,” said Chris Weber, director of Amish Youth Vision Project. After the assessment, an Amish teacher and a counselor teach classes on the dangers of drug and alcohol use to the youth.
The Community Benefit Fund Grant Committee of Goshen Health’s Board of Directors has awarded more than $5.7 million in grants through the fund since its inception in 1998. Each year, a percentage of the previous year's operating income is designated for the Community Benefit Fund grants. This investment is in addition to charity care, as well as prevention and education activities supported through the Goshen Health operating budget.
The annual grant application process begins in October and grants are awarded in the spring.
Goshen Health’s Community Benefit Fund 2018 grant recipients received their awards on April 23.