Nonprofits open winter homeless shelter in Goshen

Elkhart Truth file photoA group of nonprofits are offering shelter on cold nights at the Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network at 105 S. Third St. 

GOSHEN — Beginning this month, Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network will open its location at 105 S. Third St. to all who may need a warm place to stay the night.

The location will serve men and women alike, Goshen City officials announced Thursday.

The shelter will operate from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. on days when the temperature dips below 20 degrees according to the Weather Channel forecast for Goshen.

It will be open at least through February, when the organizations will gather again and discuss whether the shelter will remain open in March. 

Elkhart County Clubhouse, Oaklawn Psychiatric Center, Faith Mission, GIHN and the Window will take turns in providing staff and volunteers to greet the homeless as they come in and look over the shelter, officials said.

Information about the new shelter will be shared directly with known members of the homeless community.

Signs will be posted in places frequented by the homeless as well, according to a statement released by the city.

“I was overwhelmed by the support and everyone’s work to make this a community effort,” GIHN Executive Director Mindy Morehead said. “The mayor has also been very involved in working with us so we can provide people with a warm place to sleep on the coldest nights.” 

GIHN is accepting donations of pillows and blankets, which would be provided for those staying at the shelter overnight.

To learn more and to make a donation, call GIHN at 574- 534-2300.

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