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February 28, 2011

Who We Are: Pauline Yoder

A little home cookin’

Pauline Yoder cooks for the homeless and those having a tough time financially. She’s been the head cook at The Window in downtown Goshen for the past three and a half years. Prior to that, she worked 34 years for surgeon Dr. James Hollinger. Her heart for helping others started with a caring community in her hometown — Goshen.

She has lived in Goshen or just east of Goshen her entire life. “My family tease me that I was born in a parking lot on Fifth Street. Actually, I was born in the old Goshen Hospital on Fifth Street.”

She attended Fairfield Community Schools and continued her education in Indianapolis and South Bend.

What is your fondest memory of this community?

A community that cares. Whenever or wherever there is a need, there are people that rise to the surface to help. They help with financial needs, physical labor (shovel snow, downed trees, etc.), help The Window and other agencies with food and clothes, etc.

What about this community would you like to improve?

• End homelessness • Increase employment • More walking trails • More restaurants with nutritious food • Less bars and fast food joints • Utilize the fine arts of the diverse cultures we have • New faces in politics

What is the community’s best-kept secret?

• Diverse cultures • Many good, strong churches of all denominations • Excellent libraries (public/college) • Great park system • Outstanding county fair and extension clubs • Many honest business men and women • Excellent location between larger cities • Amazing fire and paramedic protection • First Fridays and other community activities

One last thing

I travel around the world and always am grateful to come back home. There is no excuse for anyone to be bored in Goshen if they put forth some effort through churches, clubs, recreation through the parks, etc.

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Last weekend (July 12) the Goshen Parks Department held its Kid’s Try-athlon to promote childhood fitness and this week (July 18) the new bicycle trail is open to the fairgrounds in Goshen, offering residents a healthy way to get to the annual agriculture exposition. Have you joined the local fitness movement?

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