NRC news: NRC's own Diana Hess recognized; SBPD's Neighbors Know it All program; curb & sidewalk reimbursement, and more.

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NRC Executive Director Diana Hess recognized as 2018 Celebrating Michiana Women Leaders honoree

Congratulations to NRC's own Executive Director, Diana Hess, for her recognition as one of the 2018 Celebrating Michiana Women Leaders honorees. The Michiana Women Leaders Project is an ongoing initiative to preserve and record the stories of the women who build our community. Some are widely recognized; some have led quietly in the background. Each has changed the course of our community. Thank you, Diana, and all of the 2018 honorees for making Michiana a better place.

South Bend Police present "Neighbors Know it All" program at NRC Roundtable

You’re probably already familiar with SBPD’s outreach programs like V.I.P.S. (Volunteers in Police Service), the public monthly crime meetings, and the Citizens’ Police Academy. But at NRC’s Roundtable meeting this past Wednesday, neighborhood leaders learned about the brand new “Neighbors Know it All” program. 

While the typical Neighborhood Crime Watch program relies on Block Captains to reach out to the police when they see a cause for concern, the “Neighbors Know it All” program works in reverse. When neighbors sign up to be a point of contact on their block, Police will reach out periodically to hear their status reports. The police-resident interaction is more regular, and neighbors can choose whether they would like to be contacted in person or by phone for greater discretion. 

If you’re plugged in to what’s going on in your neighborhood and would like a discreet way to share what you know with law enforcement, sign up with Officer Keenan Lane (the cheerful fellow pictured above) at

Save the Date: NRC’s “Trivia Around the Bend” scheduled for Nov. 16.

Mark your calendars: NRC’s annual Fall fundraiser is scheduled for Friday, November 16 at The Hall at St. Peter’s. “Trivia Around the Bend” will be an evening of fun and marginally useful facts about South Bend and other random topics. Advance tickets will go on sale September 17, and you’ll be able to sign up as an individual, a couple, or form a table of up to 8. The $10/person admission will support South Bend neighborhoods through the work of NRC. Watch for details!  

Neighborhood Updates:
Northshore Triangle visioning session set for Sept. 13, 6:30 at NRC

Northshore Triangle Neighbors, your ideas are wanted!
  • What would make the Northshore Triangle Neighborhood better?
  • What skills or interests should be added to the NSTNA team?
  • Who are the leaders in the neighborhood?
Your neighborhood association will see a leadership transition soon, and NRC is co-hosting a visioning session to hear your input on what that transition should look like. Come help us brainstorm new possibilities at this informal visioning session. Sept. 13, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at NRC’s resource room, 115 N. William St.
Near West Side, Kennedy Park hold Diversity and Inclusion Workshop

The Near West SIde and Kennedy Park neighborhood associations teamed up last Saturday morning for a Diversity and Inclusion Workshop, and ABC57 was there. See the story, or read more about NRC’s technical assistance grant that helped make the event happen.
Council Committee holds meeting at LaSalle Park Neighborhood Alliance

On August 20, the South Bend Common Council’s Residential Neighborhoods committee took their public meeting on the road for a second time to the LaSalle Park Neighborhood Alliance’s monthly meeting. Neighborhood leaders heard Aaron Perri from Venues, Parks, and Arts, employees from Charles Black Center, and other city staff provide updates on concerns previously communicated to the Council. 
SOAR hosts City presentation on Homeless Gateway Center

At a special meeting called by the Southeast Organized Area Residents (SOAR) last week, representatives from the City of South Bend sat down with SOAR members and other concerned residents to discuss potential locations for the contemplated “Gateway Center” for the city’s homeless. Sometimes neighborhood association meetings attract a lot of public interest (even when they aren't public forums like the LaSalle Park Council committee meeting above), and SOAR President Conrad Damian did a great job presiding over the association's business while also allowing guests time at the microphone. See an attendee's Facebook Live video
City of South Bend Updates:
There's still time to apply for curb and sidewalk repair assistance

Curbs and sidewalks are often high on neighbors' lists of what they want for their neighborhood, and there' still time to apply for financial assistance from the city to get yours fixed! Get details here, and pay attention to the deadlines... not only is pre-construction approval required, construction must be completed and documented by November 19.
City budget process is underway

Mayor Pete Buttigieg has unveiled the proposed 2019 budget for the City of South Bend, kicking off a weeks-long process for citizen input. The budget's focus includes "quality of life in neighborhoods," citing provisions for sidewalks, parks, street lights, Code Enforcement, and more. NRC is happy to hear that the budget responds to many concerns raised by neighborhood associations (ABC57 story), affirming what we already know: it benefits neighborhoods to be organized!

If you'd like to have input on how the budget should be revised over the coming weeks, pay attention to the schedule of budget hearings and watch for your opportunities to have a say. 

South Bend Tribune Article
2019 Budget Presentation to Common Council, July 31, 2018 (PDF from PowerPoint)

Calendar of Events

Mark your calendar and watch for more details about these upcoming events
  • Sept. 22 - S.O.A.R. (Southeast Organized Area Residents) Neighborhood Picnic
  • Sept. 23 - Northshore Triangle Neighborhood Picnic
  • Sept. 30 - Near Northwest Neighborhood Arts Cafe

South Bend Common Council Meetings

St. Joseph County Council Meetings
The Neighborhood Resources Connection in South Bend is an affiliate member of Neighborhoods USA. NRC programs are free to South Bend residents and are funded in part with the assistance of the City of South Bend Community Development Program with funds made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1977.




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