Welcome Scott Palmer to NRC! Plus Tapas & Tango tickets, house-on-market etiquette, #beer4good 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

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It's expanding NRC conversations with neighbors on quality of life.

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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


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Tickets on sale for 2017 Tapas & Tango


Our next NRC event is coming up fast, so hurry to buy tickets!

It's the annual Tapas & Tango, set for April 29 at The Hall at St. Peter's with Spanish Heart and Tapestrie
. This unique event  features delectable small plates from Tapestrie, one of downtown's finest dining experiences. These include marinated shrimp, Spanish style lamb meatballs, and the ever-fabulous roasted chorizo-wrapped medjool dates! Plus a specially brewed mango-habanero beer from South Bend Brew Werks, and sangria of course!

The night also features thrilling tango performances and flamenco music from South Bend's own Spanish Heart, including dancers Carolyn Hine-Edington and Vladimir Sorokin with music by their flamenco guitarist, Bryan Edington. Latin dance instruction, back by popular demand, is offered by Emily Tyson & Joventino Nval.

Proceeds from Tapas & Tango will help Neighborhood Resources Connection (NRC) in its work with neighbors to improve South Bend neighborhoods. Working closely with community partners, NRC provides SB neighbors with tools and opportunities that will help them effect the changes they believe will improve their quality of life.

For complete details and easy online ticket orders, see the Eventbrite link.

NRC Program Notes


The Neighborhood Resources Connection is pleased to welcome Scott Palmer to our staff. As the Program Coordinator for the Neighborhood Leadership Academy, Scott is excited to be developing new NLA programs and delivering a revamped Academy this fall.  

Scott comes to the NRC from the University of Notre Dame’s Office of Human Resources. He brings multiple talents to the position, including experience in staff training & development, law (he describes himself as a “recovering attorney”) and a masters degree in instructional design. In his spare time, Scott is also starting up a social enterprise to make legal self-help available online to low-income litigants.  

After relocating from his native Texas in 2011, Scott quickly became passionate about South Bend while serving as a multimedia journalist for WNDU. His activities in the community have included co-presenting an ordinance before the South Bend Common Council allowing backyard chickens and speaking on urban gardening at Ignite Michiana. He is currently participating in a city-sponsored program to return vacant lots to productive use.

Please join us in welcoming Scott to the NRC team, and watch for more information this summer about the 2017 Neighborhood Leadership Academy!

NRC Community Partner Corner

NRC was happy to support Notre Dame's Center for Social Concerns and students in the Design Research Practices course who focused on how digital services better connect South Bend citizens to their government! Faculty member Ann Marie Conrado and her students were awarded an undergraduate prize at this week's Ganey Community-Based Research Celebration, for their hard work exploring how website and online service redesign can improve service delivery. Congratulations to all!

Notre Dame professors and students also participate with NRC in the Engaging Youth, Engaging Neighborhoods program. They will finish their Spring 2017 session with a photo exhibit and reception from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on April 19 at Civil Rights Heritage Center, 1040 W. Washington St. 

South Bend Neighborhood Spotlight

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Many people don't know this, but Chuck Reger is one of the hardest working, behind the scenes supporters of South Bend neighborhoods and the work of NRC in them. Chuck lives in a century-old home in the Chapin Park community, and has served on the NRC board for more than a decade. He is currently the vice president.

Chuck is an audiologist with a local private practice, and a huge Notre Dame sports fan. What's more, he is tireless in his advocacy for NRC's mission and support for NRC events, but above all is a good neighbor. Thanks Chuck for all you do!

NRC Neighborhood Toolbox Tip

Spring is real estate season, so there may be lots of visitors to your street if you or your neighbor are selling a house.

Yes, it's important to be a good guest if you're the potential buyers, and to think about where you park or what kind of footprint you're leaving during a showing. Most concerns arise from existing neighbors though, because their behavior or upkeep may discourage the sale. 
Overgrown lawns, clutter, multiple cars parked off the driveway, fallen tree branches, loud music or pets and poorly maintained home exteriors of neighboring properties can negatively affect appraisals by up to 10 percent -- and if you own one, that impacts you too. If a near neighbor has a house on the market, it may be a good time to take a look at your own.

A quick pickup in the yard, a mended fence or a fixed (finally!) broken window is one less job for you -- and quite helpful to them. If you're not sure and you know the sellers, it's a thoughtful gesture to ask if there's anything you can do, like keeping a barking dog inside during open house or moving a recycling bin to a less unsightly location.

Sustainability in South Bend Neighborhoods

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The NRC Neighborhood Leadership Academy is pleased to present a Spring Workshop with South Bend Code Enforcement. That's set with a new date in May at the Colfax Cultural Center, and is open to the public. Stay tuned for info on learning more about good stewardship in our neighborhoods while working with city officials to keep them attractive and safe. Call NRC at 574.287.0425 or email us at if you're interested or have questions.    

Community calendar events

Join NRC and South Bend Brew Werks at the Cubs game on April 21 for SBBW's #beerfor good check presentation! Also coming up:

Lunch with the League
Cops, Coffee & Conversation
Easter Brunch with SBBW

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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