Benton Mennonite Church

Benton Mennonite Church
Benton Mennonite Church is listed in the Churches Mennonite category in Goshen, Indiana. Displayed below is the only current social network for Benton Mennonite Church which at this time includes a Facebook page. The activity and popularity of Benton Mennonite Church on this social network gives it a ZapScore of 65.

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15350 County Road 44
Goshen, IN 46528
(574) 642-3245

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UPDATE: PLEASE REVIEW, TAKE ACTION & SHARE: CoreCivic filed a rezoning application today (Dec. 4) with the Elkhart County Department of Planning and Development for a proposed immigration detention facility. Here’s an easy-to-scan summary of the proposal, the approval process and how you can help stop it: OVERVIEW – CoreCivic, one of the nation’s largest private prison owners, is seeking to build and own a $100 million facility of up to 1,400 beds that would be used by U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement. This would be the largest of four regional detention facilities the federal government is seeking to open within close proximity to Chicago, Detroit, St. Paul and Salt Lake City. REVIEW PROCESS – A rezoning request will be considered at the Feb. 8 Elkhart County Plan Commission meeting. Commission can give a favorable recommendation with or without conditions, give an unfavorable recommendation, or delay a recommendation. If action is taken on Feb. 8, the Elkhart County Board of Commissioners will consider the application at its March 19 meeting. NOT A CERTAINTY, EVEN IF APPROVED – The Goshen News reported today (Dec. 4) that even if approved, it’s not certain a facility would be built in Elkhart County. The reason: No contract has been granted to CoreCivic, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. President Trump has asked Congress for as much as $1.2 billion for additional detention facilities, but the budget request hasn’t been approved. Steve Owen, a spokesman for the company, told the Goshen News that the project depends on ICE seeking bids for such a facility and CoreCivic winning it. “At this point, ICE has not issued a Request for Proposals (RFP). Plans to build a facility hinge on ICE issuing an RFP and CoreCivic being the successful bidder,” Owen told the Goshen News. “In anticipation of an RFP, we are hoping to secure zoning in advance. We would submit drawings as part of a response to an RFP.” LAND LOCATION & OWNER – The proposed detention center would be located on 61.5 acres of farmland on the west side of County Road 7, 600 yards north of County Road 26 and across from the Elkhart County Landfill and the Elkhart County Correctional Facility. The property is owned by Fir Properties, LLC of Elkhart. TYPE OF DETAINEES – The facility would provide minimum-, medium-, and maximum-security beds for adult detainees (male and female). This is not what was originally proposed. Company representatives had said only minimum--or medium-security detainees would be held at the facility. TYPE OF HOUSING & EXPANSION PLANS – CoreCivic, which is based in Nashville, is proposing to build a 1,152-bed facility and an 88-bed Special Management Unit. Special Management Units are used to house detainees in more restrictive settings, including segregation from others, due to either security or management concerns. CoreCivic’s proposed design would allow for two units to be built at a later time to increase the detainee population to 1,400 beds. LENGTH OF DETENTIONS – On average, detainees would be held for “approximately 40 days,” according to the application. This isn’t what the public had been told. Previously, company representatives said detainees would be held for only 2 or 3 weeks. NO CRIMINAL DETAINEES – Detainees would be “civil commitments who are either awaiting deportation to their country of origin or awaiting the outcome of their immigration status from the courts, which is a civil, not criminal process.” Company representatives previously said all detainees would convicted felons who had exhausted court appeals, although they also conceded courtrooms could be built at the facility. SIZE, DESCRIPTION – The building would be about 250,000 square feet, constructed with steel and masonry. Landscaping, lighting and a parking area would be part of the complex. The building would be surrounded by security fencing and include advanced security technology. The entrance would be on County Road 7. The facility would provide housing, food, maintenance, laundry, utilities and dental, medical and mental health care. Steve Owens, a CoreCivic spokesman, told the Goshen News the proposed facility would be similar to its Otay Mesa detention facility in San Diego. DETAINEE STANDARDS – CoreCivic states that all detention operations and transportation would be “provided in a manner consistent with ICE’s Performance-Based National Detention Standards (PBNDS).” However, federal government officials have confirmed that it is difficult to monitor, much less enforce, such standards at private detention facilities. COMPANY’S RATIONALE FOR ITS PROPOSAL – In its application, CoreCivic states, “ICE has expressed the need for a facility to provide care for immigration detainees in the Chicago area for several years, and efforts to find a suitable location began during the previous administration. This is part of an ongoing effort by ICE to implement new detention standards and reforms by transitioning detainee populations around the country out of aging or inappropriate facilities into new, state-of-the-art civil detention facilities.” However, extra detention space is only being sought because the Trump administration has ordered the arrests and detention of far more immigrants, many without criminal records, than the Obama administration. APPLICATION DETAILS – Jones Petrie Rafinski, an engineering company from South Bend, filed an application for a zoning map change from a Manufacturing-2 Detailed Planned Unit Development (Recycling Works Industrial) to a Detailed Planned United Development Manufacturing 2 with a special use exception for a detention center. If the zoning change is ultimately approved, CoreCivic would purchase the property. OTHER SITE NEEDS – Besides a rezoning, the applicants will need administrative approval from the City of Elkhart Public Works and Utilities Department for water and sewer services, approval of a road and traffic plan by the Elkhart County Highway Department and a soils report from the Elkhart County Soil and Water Conservation District. STAFFING – Steve Owen, a CoreCivic spokesman, told the Goshen News on Dec.4 that the facility would employ about 300 people. Some would be employed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Company representatives previously said the CoreCivic jobs would pay $15 to $17 per hour. CONSTRUCTION TIMETABLE – If approved by the county commissioners, construction could begin as early as next spring, take two years and the prison would be open and ready to operate in 2020, according to company representatives. TAX BENEFIT– CoreCivic representatives have stated that an operating detention facility would contribute $1.2 to $1.3 million in taxes to the county and pay $1 million in electricity to Elkhart. COMPANY’S PR FIRM – CoreCivic has hired Hirons Advertising and Public Relations of Indianapolis to promote the prison and minimize community opposition. Its employees have met with Elkhart County elected officials, educators and activists last month. WHAT’S NEXT –The Elkhart County Plan Commission is expected to consider the rezoning application on Feb. 8. The nine-member commission meet monthly, the second Thursday of each month, at 9 a.m. in the meeting room of the Elkhart County Public Services Building, 4230 Elkhart Road in Goshen. The room has the capacity for about 125 people. HOW TO COMMENT – Letters to the Elkhart County Plan Commission should be directed to the Elkhart County Department of Planning and Development, 4230 Elkhart Road, Goshen, IN 46526. Because the Plan Commission will make its decision based on land-use criteria, try to focus on those aspects of CoreCivic’s application. Commission members are: County Commissioner Frank Lucchese; Elkhart County Council member Tom Stump; Elkhart County Agriculture Extension Agent Jeff Burbrink; County Surveyor Philip Barker; Roger Miller of Goshen; Steve Warner of Goshen; Steven Edwards of Goshen; Tony Campanello of Elkhart, and Lori Snyder of Elkhart. EVENTUAL DECISION MAKERS – Elkhart County’s three commissioners will eventually approve or deny the application, so that’s where most letters and emails should be directed. The commissioners are: FRANK LUCCHESE, District 1; SUZANNE WEIRICK, District 3; and MIKE YODER, District 2. Write to: 117 North Second Street, Goshen, IN 46526 or send an email to

Benton Mennonite Church shared Resonate's event.
Excited about the Great Day of Singing in the morning and then this event in the afternoon.
Join us for a regional hymn sing led by Adam Tice, text editor for the upcoming hymnal. Be a part of the Great Day of Singing.

Benton Mennonite Church added 3 new photos — with Jerrol Shaum and 4 others.
Great group removing invasive species--the dreaded Autumn Olive--this past Saturday during our retreat at Amigo Centre. Wow, we opened a lot of forest floor to native species.

Benton Mennonite Church is with Douglas Day Kaufman.
Yippee! We got our big beautiful new sign!