Community Relations Commission

To contact the Community Relations Commission: 574-537-3839 x358 or email communityrelations@goshencity.com.

Created in 2004 with the passage of ordinance 4201, and amended in 2006 by ordinance 4339 and again in 2009 by ordinance 4526, the Goshen Community Relations Commission (CRC) is a group of 9 volunteer residents appointed by City Council and the Mayor to focus on the “people issues” of our town and to guide the work of a staff director.  We are mothers, fathers, business people, educators, immigrants and native born Americans who share the vision of a unified, thriving Goshen.

Our current strategic plan, against the backdrop of our mission to foster a climate of non-discrimination and equal opportunity, prioritizes the vision of a City in which positive community relations exist among its residents. To that end, the CRC is pursuing the following which are some of the elements of positive community relations:

  • healthy neighborhoods
  • youth who develop and exhibit positive behavior
  • resources made available to the multiple people groups that exist
  • residents and institutions which recognize and respect both the similarities and differences that exist among people groups

As a reminder to ourselves and the entire community, we have also named and claimed some basic principles which will allow us to move towards positive community relations. In the true spirit of being a community-focused organization, the CRC has embarked on a long-term process of inviting others to interact with, endorse and adopt these principles as their own.  The mechanism for accomplishing this goal is a Community Engagement Pledge which individuals, groups, and organizations will be, over time, invited to become signatories.  The CRC is pleased to announce that Concillio Hispano was the first group to take up this challenge and engaged in conversation around these principles with the CRC in February.  On May 7, 2011, Concillion Hispano signed on to this pledge in front of hundreds of people at the annual Diversity Day event.  Whether or not you become a signatory to this pledge, the CRC encourages you to embrace these principles and the aspiration of becoming a community of positive community relations. 

2012 Annual Report

2013 Annual Report

Changing Demographics and Growing Diversity

CRC Intercultural Resource Project

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To contact the Community Relations Commission:
574-537-3839 x358 or email: communityrelations@goshencity.com