Preserving the Truth

note: the contents referenced in this post are still being added to the Guide itself, so they can be connected to other resources.

Readers sound off on The Elkhart Truth's Latino seriesA year ago, I followed the “Hispanics at Home?” series on the Latino population in the Elkhart Truth.  The series of three articles by Tim Vandenack explored different aspects of the growth of the Hispanic population in Elkhart County over the past 25 years.  Vandenack also produced a series of videos to complement the articles, sharing the perspectives of local residents.

One of the driving motivations for creating the Goshen Guide has been to catalog and curate existing information to make it more accessible for future inquiry and research.  With the proposed ICE detention center bringing immigration law enforcement into the spotlight and threatening further polarization, my hope is that the Guide can be a community resource by gathering relevant current information into one place.  By also connecting to previous information like the “Hispanics at Home?” series, readers might find a more nuanced picture of our current context, informed by broader perspectives like in the videos below.

My intentions were frustrated by being unable to find the articles on the Truth website.  The videos were still archived offsite (though they have been deleted since publishing this post), and the author (who has since moved to Utah) has preserved some of the content on his blog.  While I hope to track the articles soon, I also hope that we’ll be able to engage local journalists in using the Goshen Guide to preserve and share their work in new ways and help connect it to the bigger picture they are fortunate to see.  Check out Vandenack’s blog for an overview of his stories on the Elkhart County Latino population.

After 25 years of growth, Latinos finding their place in the community

Elkhart County’ Latino population, rooted mainly in Mexico, has grown and grown. That’s no secret. In a three-part Elkhart Truth series, “Hispanics at Home?”, we looked beyond that, aiming for a sense of how connected Latinos feel here. I was a key reporter in the May 2016 package, digging into the data and interviewing 50-plus people. I wrote six stories (including the leads 

in parts one and two), made two videos and did plenty of social media. Two favorite stories: “Undocumented status keeps some immigrants peering in from the outside,” May 21, 2016, and “Latinos live in parallel worlds,” May 14, 2016.

Mexican, American or both?

Representatives from Elkhart County’s Latino population reflect on their sentiments toward Mexico, where most in the community have their roots, and the United States.

About The Author

Phil Metzler

As the director of the Community Resilience Guild, Phil helps design and facilitate community initiatives that build relationships and navigate complexity. A passion for building community resilience and a reverence for life guide his work.

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