Trivia Around the Bend, Financial Literacy Series, Unity Gardens classes, DTSB First Fridays  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 Trivia Night

Think you know your South Bend history? Show it off on February 25 during Trivia Around the Bend and help support our work in South Bend neighborhoods! Doors open at 6 p.m., trivia at 7 p.m. at The Hall at St. Peter's, 915 N. Ironwood Drive. Only $10 per person to participate. We encourage you to register a team table of up to 8 individuals but also welcome individuals and couples to register. It's easy to sign up online at Eventbrite, or by mail. See complete details on the NRC Facebook page.

Call the NRC office at 574.287.0425 or email Diana at for details. 

NRC Program Notes

Engaging Youth, Engaging Neighborhoods has kicked off with an exciting new semester of exploration for South Bend students, with weekly sessions at the Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture. 
The project gives voice to neighborhood youth, grades 6-12, and allows the community to see South Bend neighborhoods through their eyes. Using a digital camera, students explore their neighborhoods and communicate both what they like, and what they would like to see changed, about where they live.

hey then meet in small groups to explore literature, art, writing and discussion with Notre Dame professors to talk about why they selected the subjects they did, and to ultimately develop and propose a realistic plan to solve one of the things they identified as needing to be changed. The EYEN goal is to provide an opportunity for youth to learn how to engage in civic life and to develop a new generation of community leaders.

The NRC currently is raising funds to frame the youth photos for a South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center exhibit, reception and graduation ceremony. Please contact Diana at 574.287.0425 to discuss sponsorship and donation opportunities for this important program.

NRC Community Partner Corner

South Bend Heritage Foundation, a key partner in NRC's Neighborhood Leadership Academy programming, is offering a Financial Literacy Series beginning Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Colfax Cultural Center, 914 Lincolnway West. Presented by Aida Walls, the two-part series continues at the same time on February 11. This free session is designed to help South Bend residents make the most of their resources and learn solid strategies for money management.

See more
details at the Financial Literacy Series link.

South Bend Neighborhood Spotlight

John Horton in the Near Northwest Neighborhood is part of a dynamic duo on the team that helped to launch The Local Cup coffeehouse, a community focal point for conversation, community dialogue, the arts and more. John and his wife, Brook Hardy, have invested in building up both the physical space and the human connections in the NNN. Thanks, John and Brook, for your work in our South Bend neighborhoods!  The NNN meets at various times throughout the year to plan events and discuss neighborhood issues, and you can learn more at

For a complete list of South Bend neighborhood groups and meetings, check here. Call the NRC at 574.287.0425 too, and tell us about neighbors, programs and events you'd like to see featured.

NRC Neighborhood Toolbox Tip

Are you planning a community garden in this coming year? It's a great way to connect with neighbors around a common purpose focused on sustainable living. There's a one-hour Unity Gardens class on starting your seeds indoors, this Saturday at the 
Potawatomi Conservatories beginning at 10:30 a.m. It's part of a series of classes ahead of the spring gardening season. Learn more at this link

Sustainability in South Bend Neighborhoods

Join the crowd at the IU South Bend Center for a Sustainable Future, which continues its Wednesday lecture series on February 8 with " Climate Change - Is it Real?" The talk begins at 7 p.m. in Room 1001 at Weikamp Hall. Maureen Sertich, the North America Sustainability Lead for Whirlpool Corporation, will speak. Maureen will provide an overview of the policies that are in place or in development to address climate change and provide a more in depth snapshot of the history of carbon markets in North America and how they influence businesses to make changes.

For the complete list of speakers through April, see this link.

February First Fridays
Science Alive
Lunch With the League

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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