Jerome the Gnome! Shakespeare in the Streets , NLA budget workshop, Community Forum on Lead and more NRC news!

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Contact the NRC at: 
Neighborhood Resources Connection
217 S. Michigan St.
South Bend IN 46601

Nick Pittman, Neighborhood Leadership Academy graduate and
NRC Board President

Diana Hess, Executive Director

Thanks South Bend Tribune for focus on neighborhood challenges!
It's expanding NRC conversations with neighbors on quality of life.

Call me at 574.287.0425
to see how you can get involved.
Positive Community Impact with
Neighborhood Leadership Academy 
Consuella Hopkins, NLA
Lincolnway West Annual Cleanup
Engaged citizens build neighborhood identity
and improve quality of life


Community Homebuyers Corporation Homeownership Assistance Program
The Homeowner Assistance Program is the result of six local financial institutions joining with the City of South Bend to help people get a good home at an affordable price.  For those who qualify and meet some simple ongoing criteria, grant money is available as a forgivable loan equal to 20% of the purchase price based on household income.  See


LangLab 1302 High St. 


NRC Program Notes

Save the date for a July 8 workshop offered through NRC's Neighborhood Leadership Academy! This session is focused on how South Bend's budget process works, and what it means for our neighborhoods. The public is invited to learn more about how to understand the budget, connect with city leaders and advocate for neighborhood priorities. To learn more about NLA, see the NRC website or call 574.287.0425 or email

Watch for the Gnome!

South Bend's favorite neighborhood gnome begins his summer travels next week, so watch for details on Jerome the Gnome and his travels! Be sure to like the NRC Facebook page and join in the gnome fun.

NRC Community Partner Corner

The NRC coordinates the citywide Neighborhood Leadership Roundtable, a quarterly meeting of active community leaders engaged in their neighborhood associations. If you are a new or emerging leader, or recently elected to your neighborhood association board, let the NRC know! The next roundtable meeting is coming up on June 29.

The NRC program is by invitation only, so we want to make sure all of our neighborhoods and their current leaders are included. Call Diana at 574.287.0425 or email nrcneighbors@gmail for more details and to share your own.

South Bend Neighborhood Spotlight

Marlon Burnley is the man behind this year's Shakespeare in the Streets, a partnership of the Fremont Park Foundation, Notre Dame's Shakespeare Festival, Casa de Amistad and the City of South Bend. Burnley, a South Bend native completing graduate school in Georgia, received his BFA from Indiana University South Bend and is back this summer as director of this seven-week community theater program for South Bend youth. The program has been "speare" headed by the far west side's Fremont Park Foundation, with outdoor performances planned for July.

Students ages 10 through 14 are invited to audition between 4:30 and 6 p.m. on June 12 and 13, at Community Wellness Partners at 2806 Lincoln Way West. All ages 15 and up may come on the same dates from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Rehearsals start on June 15! Also needed are church choirs, planners, organizers, stage managers, carpenters, costumers/wardrobe folks, lighting technicians, sound engineers and run crew. E-mail for more information, or check out the Fremont Park Youth Foundation on Facebook. 

Neighborhood Toolbox Tip

Keeping South Bend communities looking good is a priority for all of our neighborhood leaders, and that's true of wheelie bins at the curb for trash or recycling pickup. South Bend's new curbside pickup program is working well, but what doesn't work so well is when the bins are left at the curb after pickup. Even when they're not blown over in high winds, they're still unsightly and often a problem for on-street parking. 

The city's Department of Code Enforcement reminds residents to be sure to set those bins out only after noon the day before pickup, and retrieve them by the end of collection day, in parts of the city where the new curbside rollout has already occurred. This month, that will be between East Ewing and Donmoyer avenues, and South Michigan Street to Miami Road.

Next up in July, will be residents from the
 railroad tracks south of Jefferson Boulevard to Mishawaka Avenue, and from South Ironwood Drive to South 35th Street. For questions about trash pickup, bins and related issues, please contact the City of South Bend 311 service.

Sustainability in South Bend Neighborhoods

It's summer and the perfect time to check out South Bend Green Drinks! This month's meeting will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on June 20 at Rohr's on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. You'll connect with the folks from Innovateus Solar and other sustainability-focused people and initiatives in South Bend.

Green Drinks has for years brought together community members who meet at different pubs, startups and other host locations to discuss green strategies and innovation. If you've never been, gather a group of neighbors and come see what it's all about. If you haven't been in awhile, check back in and make some new connections! See the Facebook page for more details. 

Calendar Events

Community Forum on Lead Contamination
Shortcakes on the Blacktop
South Bend Common Council meetings

St. Joseph County Council June 13 meeting

Leeper Park Duck Pond meeting
South Bend Pride Prom 2017
Community Forum for Economic Justice: Raising Wages
MLKJ-Hesburgh statue dedication

See more calendar events linked here.

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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