100 Homes for 500 Families, National Night Out, last call for Neighborhood Leadership Academy applications, and more

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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 2016 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. 

Neighborhood Leadership Academy applications close Sunday

Applications are already being reviewed, but it’s not too late for the future neighborhood leaders you know to submit theirs (so please share this with them!). The Neighborhood Leadership Academy is a free, eight-session program that empowers South Bend residents age 18+ to make positive change in their neighborhood. Launches Sept. 21. Applications close Sunday, Aug. 6. Learn more.

Thank you, Academy Partners!
The Neighborhood Leadership Academy would like to thank these local organizations for supporting the 2017 Academy:


National Night Out Against Gnomes?

We’re not quite sure what trouble Gerome got himself into Tuesday evening (he won’t say a word about it) but as far as we know, most everyone else had a great time at National Night Out Against Crime. Thanks to the South Bend Police Department for hosting a fun and educational event showing neighbors how to keep their neighborhoods safe from... well-meaning gnomes, apparently. See more photos from WSBT and NRC.

Guess where Gerome is now, and win
We've sprung Gerome, and he's making the last of his summer travels. Guess where Gerome is now, and pick up a prize! An NRC gnome T-shirt is awarded each week. Be sure to like and follow the NRC Facebook page to join in the fun.  

Congratulations to Jen Klein, our most recent weekly winner! All weekly winners are also entered into the monthly drawing for the grand prize, a choice between two tickets to NRC's Trivia Around the Bend on November 10, or two South Bend Cubs game tickets where winners go on the field for the South Bend Brew Werks community partner check presentation.

100 Homes for 500 Families seeks to “develop without displacement”

Neighborhood Resources Connection was in attendance Wednesday evening as approximately 60 people filled the WUBS Studio to observe the South Bend Common Council Community Relations Committee meeting. The focus was the “100 homes, 500 families” initiative. The plan calls for the construction of 100 new homes and the rehab of four nearby houses for each new house, to serve a total of 500 families. Couldn’t make the meeting? Read NRC’s report.
Also from the Common Council Community Relations Committee: learn more about "development without displacement" at a free screening of the award-winning documentary Holding Ground: the Rebirth of Dudley Street, Thursday, Aug. 10, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Lasalle Branch Library (3232 W. Ardmore Tr.).

Bravo! When neighbors connect arts to communities, growth shows

We echo the recent opinion of the South Bend Tribune, which wrote, “[a]nyone who appreciates the power of the arts to help enrich a community probably cheered a couple of recent news stories. Both involved projects geared toward young people on South Bend’s west side.” 
  • Hundreds attended last week's Shakespeare in the Street’s production of Romeo and Juliet in Fremont Park, a partnership between the Fremont Youth Foundation, the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival, and others. See Tribune photos.
  • The University of Notre Dame's Sacred Music program is working to establish after-school choral programs in two primary schools on the city's west side. 
  • And, did you see this ABC57 story about Tiny Team? They’re a group of South Bend kids ages 3 to 12 who rap, dance and sing their message of positive things happening in the city.
All are examples of neighbors making connections between neighborhood assets... and that's how community growth happens. Applause!

Calendar of Events
  • DTSB Food Truck Friday - Aug. 4
  • Back to School Rally & Youth Leadership Academy. Sat., Aug. 5. Registration & breakfast begins 8:00 a.m.
    • Includes Parent/Youth workshops, kids' make-and-take activities, door prizes, and a bookbag/school supplies giveaway. Greater St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 101 N. Adams. See flyer (PDF).
  • Bringing our Community TOGETHER event. Saturday, Aug. 5. 2:00 - 1:30 p.m., Corner of Elwood & Elmer.
    • Features fellowship, food, music, prayer, encouragement, and a five-church combined choir. 1Sponsored by Christ Temple Apostolic Church, Far Northwest Neighborhood Association, and others. See flyer (PDF).
  • Solarize South Bend workshop, Saturday, Aug. 5, 10:30-11:30 a.m., St. Joseph County Public Library main branch. Facebook event.
  • City of South Bend Public Meeting - 2018 City-Wide Budget Overview. Wed., Aug. 16, 5:00 p.m.
  • Art Beat 2017 - Sat. Aug. 19 (Facebook)
  • Fremont Park Back to School Block Party - Aug. 20
South Bend Common Council Meetings
St. Joseph County Council Meetings

More calendar events
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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