Congratulations NLA graduates, Council hosts EYEN exhibit and reception, budget workshop recap, KPNA begins vision plan, Shakespeare in Fremont Park, new 311 website, block parties, and more

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Executive Director
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Congratulations to Neighborhood Leadership Academy participants

What better way to celebrate the conclusion of the 2018 Advanced Neighborhood Leadership Academy than gathering on the patio during South Bend Brew Werks' Community Partners Happy Hour? NRC and friends recently beat the heat to congratulate these graduates and participants for their commitment to making their organizations the representative voices of their neighborhoods:

Howard Berberick - River Park
Charles Boros - West Side
Kim Clowers - Far Northwest
Henry Davis, Jr. - LaSalle Park
Frank Ermeti - Monroe Park
Marilyn Gachaw - Kennedy Park
Harry Gatlin - Kennedy Park
Jerry Green - Kennedy Park
Martin Mechtenberg - Near West Side
Bill Merryfield - Near West Side
Torrence Moody - Northeast
Dennis Plump - LaSalle Park
Hope Sibley Vollmer - Miami Village
Viola Sims - Kennedy Park
Lillian Thompson - Kennedy Park
Ray Thompson - Kennedy Park
Amanda Ward - Near West Sid

NRC is also grateful to our presenters and partners, without whom this popular program would not be possible:


  • Cherri Peate, Director of Community Outreach, City of South Bend
  • Christina Brooks, Diversity & Inclusion Officer, City of South Bend
  • Kara McClure, Manager of Staff Learning & Development (former), University of Notre Dame


  • American National University
  • McKinnies Realty
  • City of South Bend
  • South Bend Brew Werks

City Budget Workshop explains priorities, public input

Did you know repaving every street in South Bend would cost over $220 million? That’s nearly two-thirds of the City’s entire annual budget, and one example of why the City must prioritize competing demands for limited funds. At NRC’s recent Neighborhood Leadership Academy Workshop, City Controller Jennifer Hockenhull described how the City’s expenditures are prioritized and how residents can have input on what is important to them. See some of the resources she shared.

Upcoming workshops:
  • County Tax & Certificate Sales -- Thursday, Aug. 16, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
  • The Alphabet Soup of Community Development: TIFs, CDCs, and CDBGs -- Thursday, Sept. 20, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
  • “Good Neighbor” Law -- Thursday, Oct. 18 , 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
More about upcoming Neighborhood Leadership Academy Workshops

EYEN photographers honored by Council, Clerk

Thank you to the South Bend Common Council and City Clerk Kareemah Fowler for showcasing photography from student participants in NRC’s Engaging Youth, Engaging Neighborhoods program. Students were recognized this week with a reception in their honor. Their photography will be available for viewing by the public in the Council Offices (4th floor County City Building) for a limited time. See the ABC57 story

Neighborhood Updates:
Near West Side: Treasure Hunt North is Saturday

The Near West Side Neighborhood Organization will be participating in Saturday’s Treasure Hunt North, a giant multi-street antiques and yard sale event centered on West Washington, complete with a scavenger hunt. If you’re interested in connecting with the NWSNO folks (or playing some yard games while you scavenge for prizes and antiques), find them at the Civil Rights Heritage Center starting at 8:00 a.m.  South Bend Tribune Story. Facebook event.
Southeast Neighborhood: Block Party Sunday

Southeast residents, you don't need to wait until SOAR's September picnic to get outside and have a good time with your neighbors... you can do it this Sunday! Come have some free food, enjoy live music, play some games, and meet folks from your neighborhood association and other organizations doing good things in your neighborhood, including 466Works and Bowman Creek Educational Ecosystem. For details, see the Facebook event or the event flyer (PNG). Sunday, July 22nd, 1- 4 PM (Rain Date: July 29th) at the vacant lot across from the new Mt. Carmel Church (near S St. Joseph St. @ E Indiana Ave.)
West Side: Community Cleanup and Picnic Saturday

West Side neighbors, join Bowman Creek Educational Ecosystem organizers for a cleanup Saturday. Meet at 10 am at the West Side South Bend headquarters, 2910 Western. Trash bags and gloves will be provided. Free picnic to follow! Facebook event
Kennedy Park: KPNA begins Vision Plan project

This week, members of the Kennedy Park Neighborhood Association decided to take their recent Neighborhood Leadership Academy experience to the next level and begin a Vision Planning project. The project calls for outreach to 100 neighbors, an “Ideas Session,” and other efforts to determine what Kennedy Park neighbors want for their neighborhood. NRC is excited to assist with yard signs, flyers, and co-facilitation. Kennedy Park neighbors, watch for KPNA surveyors with green nametags in your neighborhood evenings between July 31-August 7! 
LaSalle Park: neighborhood agenda presented to Council

The LaSalle Park Neighborhood Alliance recently presented their five-point agenda - what the neighbors want for their neighborhood - to the South Bend Common Council, who responded by taking their Residential Neighborhoods Committee meeting on location to LaSalle Park to hear more. Issues discussed included Charles Black Center programming, Smart Streets development on Western between Falcon and Kentucky, and storefront opportunities for black business owners. The Committee expects to contact individual neighbors regarding their concerns, and to return with a followup meeting in the coming weeks. LaSalle Park neighbors, get involved with your neighborhood association by contacting NRC for meetings and officer contact information. 
Fremont Park: Shakespeare in Fremont Park returns July 26 & 27

Shakespeare in Fremont Park is back with A Midsummer Night's Dream, July 26 & 27. This FREE production features local youth and will be presented under the trees in Fremont Park (a Far Northwest Neighborhood asset with a great story of its own). Co-presented by Fremont Youth Foundation. Facebook event
City of South Bend Updates:
South Bend wins Love Your Block grant

South Bend has been awarded a $25,000 grant in the Cities of Service City Hall AmeriCorps VISTA Love Your Block competition. Love Your Block enables local governments to engage communities in neighborhood revitalization efforts benefiting low-income communities. South Bend will receive $25,000 to be used for mini-grants and resources to support the efforts of citizen groups and local nonprofits to prevent or eliminate property blight through home repairs, lot transformations, and community clean-ups. The Love Your Block program will be citywide, and the City of South Bend’s Engagement and Economic Empowerment team expects to announce soon how individual homeowners in South Bend may apply for a "mini grant" to complete a minor home repair. Read more.
Empowerment Fairs bring careers, education opportunities to neighborhoods

Neighborhood Empowerment Fairs are free community events to bring local employers and educational institutions together for the City of South Bend neighborhoods to network, research, and apply for job opportunities. This event is open to the public and free to attend. The Downtown neighborhood is up next with an Empowerment Fair at the Morris Performing Arts Center on Thursday, August 2 from 3-6 p.m. Facebook event.
SBPD suggests registering valuables online

South Bend Police are asking residents to consider registering valuables to make them easier to return to owners in the event they are stolen. It’s confidential and free. Register online at
City unveils new website

The city’s website has a new look (and is now mobile-friendly)! The site prioritizes content that residents care about most. As part of the redesign, the City also launched the 311 Service Portal (, which contains information about City services, programs, and events. Check it out at
Mayor’s Night Out

The next Mayor’s Night Out, featuring Mayor Pete Buttigieg and other city officials, will be held on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. at the Pinhook Park Recreation Center. Residents are invited to come have a five-minute one-on-one conversation with the Mayor as well as City department heads and staff. Please call 311 for more information.

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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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