EYEN, NLA Graduation, Roundtable Recap, and more.

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for your own South Bend neighborhood.

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. 

Engaging Youth, Engaging Neighborhoods begins January 24th

Free Information Session December 7

Students: get creative about changing your neighborhood for the better! Through art, photography, and other forms of expression, this free program encourages youth to reflect on experiences, make connections in their neighborhoods, and work on justice issues and self-determination. 

Led by Notre Dame faculty and student mentors, EYEN is free to students in grades 6-12 in the City of South Bend. Classes will meet Wednesdays, January 24th-April 25th, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Near Northwest Neighborhood, Inc. (NNN). Co-sponsored by NNN and the University of Notre Dame.

Free information session:
  • Today, Thurs., Dec. 7  
  • 6:00 p.m.
  • Near Northwest Neighborhood Inc., 1007 Portage Ave.
More informationApply Now.
EYEN 2017 Video

Neighborhood Leadership Academy Final Presentations and Graduation Reception

We have some ideas for a better South Bend, and we want to share them with you!

For thirteen weeks, Neighborhood Leadership Academy participants have brainstormed ideas to improve South Bend neighborhoods, organized teams, and created action plans to bring their ideas to life.

On Dec. 14th, the teams will share their plans with our friends in the South Bend community. Join us to congratulate their hard work, and thank them for being leaders in South Bend neighborhoods.

A graduation reception will follow.

Free, but please RSVP at Eventbrite, or on our Facebook event page.

When: Thursday, Dec. 14, 6:30-8:30 pm
Where: The History Museum, 201 Chapin St @ Thomas (Studebaker National Museum Auditorium)

Roundtable Recap

Thanks to all of the South Bend neighborhood leaders who attended the final quarterly Neighborhood Roundtable of 2017 last Thursday at the downtown library. 

Our guest for the evening was Mayor Pete Buttigeieg, who answered questions from attendees about smart streets, South Bend’s revised handling of services in alleyways, and South Bend’s efforts to grow the ranks and diversity of its police force.

Twenty-one leaders representing ten neighborhood associations also heard the Mayor address concerns about vacant lots, first-time home-buyer programs, community gardens, the new state laws permitting cities such as South Bend to develop communities through land banking, and efforts to encourage lending for homes priced under $100,000.

If you are a leader of an existing neighborhood association, an alumnus of the Neighborhood Leadership Academy, or have received a scholarship or grant from the NRC, you too are eligible to participate in NRC’s quarterly Neighborhood Roundtables. For more information, contact NRC at

Calendar of Events

  • December 7: Engaging Youth, Engaging Neighborhoods open house & reception, Near Northwest Neighborhood Community Room, 6 p.m.  For more details, contact Diana at 574.287.0425 or
  • December 8: DTSB Light Parade at 7 p.m., in Downtown South Bend 
  • December 8: "Teddy Bear Concert" at 7 p.m., located in the IUSB Campus Auditorium. Tickets cost $13-$15. For more information and to purchase tickets visit or call 574-520-4203
  • December 9: Trine University’s 2nd Annual Breakfast with Santa from 9:00am to 11:00am, this will be held at 4101 Edison Lakes Parkway, Suite 250, Mishawaka, Indiana, 46545. RSVP here. More info.
  • December 9: The Nutcracker at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Morris Performing Arts Center
  • December 14: Neighborhood Leadership Academy team presentations and graduation reception. 6:30-8:30 p.m., The History Center (808 W. Washington). Limited tickets for the public will be available beginning Nov. 30. More
  • December 16: SBSO Home For the Holidays at 7:30 p.m., Morris Performing Arts Center
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.