Week of Compassion planned in Goshen
A Goshen Week of Compassion, to raise awareness of the lingering impact of the recession and provide opportunities to help those in need, is set Oct. 30 to Nov. 7.
Special events include food and clothing drives, financial seminars, a prayer breakfast and a Concert of Compassion.
Representatives of The Center for Healing & Hope and The Window, both non-profit, faith-based Goshen agencies, are planning the week.
This response stems from the continuing recessionary impact on the Goshen area. Although national economists have said the recession concluded in 2009, Goshen’s unemployment rate is at 13.7 percent and Elkhart County’s jobless rate of 13.4 percent is the second-highest in Indiana.
Additionally, the number of foreclosed homes sold at the Elkhart County sheriff’s auction doubled from 2006 to 2009. A total of 68 percent of students in Goshen elementary schools are eligible for free or reduced-cost lunches. Unemployment benefits are scheduled to end in November, and many jobless have exhausted benefits.
For more information, visit the website www.goshenweekofcompassion.com, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 534-4744.
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