The Elkhart Difference: Support

  • Student and Family Support
    • Elkhart Community Schools is committed to the success of each student who walks through our doors. A few ways we help our students and families outside of the traditional classroom include:
      • Before and after school childcare
      • Clubs and activities
      • Mentoring programs
      • Counseling
      • Academic interventionists
      • Social workers
      • Parent support coordinators
      • Psychological services
      • Speech therapy
      • Teenage parent program
      • Homebound services
      • Routine health services, including dentist visits
      • Connecting parents with community services that can assist with food, shelter, clothing and other needs
      • Accessibility
        • All students share in a guaranteed, rigorous, fair and equitable education, not only reaching growth expectations on academic standards, but also developing their talents, skills and mindsets to meet the challenges of an ever-changing world. We are committed to ensuring that our educational materials and websites are accessible, equitable, and usable to everyone. Accessibility is a core component of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and it is referenced throughout the UDL Guidelines. We continually strive to be fully adapted to the highest accessibility standards. If you require additional support or have a suggestion about accessing materials, information, or technologies at Elkhart Community Schools or would like to provide feedback, please get in touch with us.

Emergency Assistance for Individuals in Crisis

    • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
    • Teen Suicide Line: 310-855-4673
    • Crisis Text Line – Text the word “home” to 741741
    • Love Is Respect- Teen dating violence hotline/website 1-866-331-9474 or Text loveis to 22522
    • Anonymous ECS Reporting System: Sprigeo

Resources for Families

    • Rental Assistance / Housing
      • Church Community Services: 574-295-3673
      • Consumer Credit Counseling Services: 574-293-0075
      • Elkhart Housing Authority: 574-295-8392
      • Faith Mission of Elkhart: 574-293-3406
      • Habitat for Humanity: 574-533-6109
      • La Casa/Roosevelt Center: 574-296-7900 or 574-522-2874
      • Real Services: 574-322-4185
      • Salvation Army: 574-970-0088
      • Township Trustees: Concord / 574-283-6889 and Osolo / 574-262-2175
    • Childcare
      • Families who need help finding or paying for care can contact Brighter Futures Indiana at 800-299-1627 to speak to a referral specialist.
      • Every community has a child care resource and referral agency that can connect parents with local child care options and provide referrals for support. Families can find their local CCR&R by calling 800-299-1627 or by consulting https://www.in.gov/fssa/files/Referral_Services_Provider_Map.pdf
      • When locating care, it is important that families choose licensed and regulated care for their children. To find out if a provider is licensed or regulated, go to www.ChildCareFinder.in.gov or call 800-299-1627.
    • Local Food / Pantries / Banks
      • Bristol Community Food Pantry, 101 W. Vistula Street, Bristol, IN 46507
      • Church Community Services, 907 Oakland Avenue, Elkhart, IN 46516
      • Church Without Walls Food Pantry, 731 Wagner Avenue, Elkhart, IN 46516
      • East Goshen Mennonite Church / Bread of Life Pantry, 17861 State Road 4, Goshen, IN 46528
      • Elkhart Church of God Food Pantry, 28082 CR 4, Elkhart, IN 46514
      • Fairfield Community Food Pantry, 67240 CR 31, Goshen, IN 46528
      • Faith Mission Soup Kitchen, 801 Benham Avenue, Elkhart, IN 46516
      • Family Christian Development Center Food Pantry, 151 S. Locke Street, Nappanee, IN 46550
      • Goshen Church of God, 1304 E. Lincoln Ave, Goshen, IN 46528
      • Goshen First United Food Pantry, 214 S. 5th Street, Goshen, IN 46528
      • Guidance Ministries, 216 N. 2nd St, Elkhart, IN 46516
      • LifePoint Church, 1006 S. 16th Street, Goshen, IN 46526
      • Mustard Seed at Southside Baptist Church, 29064 CR 16, Elkhart, IN 46516
      • Nappanee Open Door, 292 S. Main, Nappanee, IN 46550
      • Open Gate Praise & Deliverance, 137 Division St, Elkhart, IN 46517
      • Radiant Life Church, 2936 Lillian Avenue, Elkhart, IN 46514
      • Saint John’s Evangelical Episcopal Church, 226 W. Lexington, Elkhart, IN 46516
      • Salvation Army, 300 N. Main Street, Elkhart, IN 46514
      • Shepherd’s Cove Food Pantry, 1010 E. Mishawaka Road, Elkhart, IN 46517
      • St. James AME Church Pantry, 122 Dr. King Drive, Elkhart, IN 46516
      • Susanna’s Kitchen, 431 S. Third Street, Elkhart, IN 46516
      • The Window Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen, 223 S. Main, Goshen, IN 46526
    • Clothing / Essentials
      • Shepherd’s Cove: 574-226-0261
      • The Window: 574-533-9680
      • Salvation Army: 574-970-0088
      • 2-1-1 Connect to Help: http://www.connect2help211.org/
      • Sleep in Heavenly Peace (bunk beds): https://www.shpbeds.org/

Health Needs

  • Community Health Centers
    • Heart City Health Center (Elkhart): 574-293-0052
      • Two locations in Elkhart: 148 W Hively Ave., Suite 1 and 236 Simpson Ave
      • Per their website, “We are not a free clinic. We provide healthcare services for a fee. However, because we are a Federally Qualified Health Center, we are able to offer reduced rates to people without insurance as long as they qualify based on income. Everyone is welcome as a patient.
    • Vista Community Health Center (Goshen): 574-534-0088
      • One location in Goshen:  808 N 3rd St, Goshen, IN
      • Per their website, “We inform each patient about our reduced fee scale. Patients may apply for reduced fees by providing an indication of their income.
    • Maple City Health Care Center (Goshen): 574-534-3300
      • One location in Goshen: 213 Middlebury St, Goshen, IN
      • Per their website, “We inform each patient about our reduced fee scale. Patients may apply for reduced fees by providing an indication of their income.
    • HealthLinc (St. Joseph County, Indiana): 888-580-1060 / local numbers below
      • Multiple locations in St. Joseph County
        • 420 W. 4th St, Mishawaka, IN / (574) 307-7673
        • 621 Memorial Dr, Ste 402, South Bend, IN / (574) 400-4550
        • 1708 High St, South Bend, IN / (574) 406-6180
      • Per their website, “For those who qualify, HealthLinc has a sliding fee discount program to help provide high-quality affordable health care.
    • Indiana Health Centers (St. Joseph County, Indiana)
      • Multiple locations in St. Joseph County
        • 1010 N. Bendix Dr, South Bend, IN / (574) 245-4980
        • 765 S. Michigan St, South Bend, IN / (574) 235-7990
        • 1901 #B Western Ave, South Bend, IN / (574) 234-9033
      • Per their website, “We offer a sliding fee scale for people without insurance. IHC staff will help you determine your discount.” Also listed on their website: they accept Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance. They can assist families in completing Medicaid applications.
  • Mental Health / Counseling
    • Mental Health Resources (click link)
    • Be Well Indiana, a resource from the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration and the Division of Mental Health and Addiction: https://bewellindiana.com/
    • Oaklawn: 574-533-1234 or 1-800-282-0809
    • McArthur: 574-267-1700
    • Lincoln Therapeutic Partnership: 574-255-4976
    • Meridian: 574-254-0229
    • Samaritan Center: 574-262-3597
    • Heart City–Adult Services Only: 574-293-0052
    • Associated Psychological Services: 574-294-6921
    • Center for Community Justice (mediation, restorative justice): 574-295-6149
    • Bowen Center: 800-342-5563 x2198
    • Michiana Counseling Group: 574-293-0005
    • Addiction Recovery Center: 574-293-1086
    • Shetler Psychological Services, Goshen, IN: 574-534-2161
    • Turning Point Counseling: 574-206-8876
    • Spectra Counseling: 574-849-8882
    • Center for Problem Resolution: 574-294-7447
    • RETA (Pregnancy/Parenting Resources): 574-522-3888
    • Ryan’s Place, Grief Counseling: 574-535-1000
    • Center for Hospice, Grief Counseling: 574-264-3321
    • Season’s Counseling, South Bend: 574-277-0274
    • Vista Community Health Center/Maple City Health Care Center, Goshen: 574-534-3300
    • A Beautiful Mind, South Bend: 574-243-9370
    • Hope Wellness Center, Elkhart/Dunlap: 574-830-5778
    • Sage Counseling, LLC, Elkhart: 574-214-4912
    • The Cottage @ 933, South Bend: 574-323-1345
    • 313 on 3rd, Goshen: 574-535-0880
    • Story of Hope, Mishawaka: 574-813-3323
  • Homeless / Domestic Violence
      • YWCA Safe Haven: 574-294-1811
      • Bashor Emergency Shelter for youth: 574-875-5117
      • Faith Mission: 574-293-3406
      • Interfaith – Goshen: 574-534-2300
      • Victim Assistance: 574-523-2237
      • Hannah’s House, for pregnant females: 574-254-5309

     

Parenting

  • Family Support and Parenting
    • Bashor Children’s Home: Provides counseling and referral services, “co-parenting” education, youth anger management groups, and youth shelter care
    • Keys Counseling: Provides counseling, case management, and transition services for juveniles
    • Mosaic Health & Healing: LGBTQPlus support, Mental Health Counselor, Primary care family medicine
    • Samaritan Center: Provides mental health services for children and adults
    • Village to Village: Provides parenting education for families involved in the foster care system or have adopted
    • Triple P: Provides ongoing parent education, workshops, seminars, and support groups at multiple locations throughout Michiana
      • For full schedule of classes, visit: https://www.triplep-parenting.com/us-en/triple-p/