NLA registration, a Fireworks-Friendly Fourth, NRC's city budget workshop, Jerome the Gnome and more NRC news!

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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
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 Program Notes

Be sure to register now for a July 8 workshop offered through NRC's Neighborhood Leadership Academy! This session is focused on how South Bend's budget process works, and what it means for our neighborhoods. City CFO John Murphy and City Controller Jennifer Hockenhull will be on hand to guide the discussion.

The public is invited to learn more about how to understand the budget, connect with city leaders and advocate for neighborhood priorities, but registration is required. Seats are limited so call NRC at 574.287.0425 or email

Watch for the Gnome!

South Bend's favorite neighborhood gnome is making his summer travels, so watch for details on Jerome the Gnome!  Be sure to like the NRC Facebook page and join in the gnome fun, guessing where Jerome is this time and picking up a fun prize if you win. There's an NRC gnome T-shirt awarded each week, with a monthly drawing for two South Bend Cubs tickets and the chance to go on the field during the South Bend Brew Werks community partners check presentation.

Congratulations to Joe Teschetta of the Near Northwest Neighborhood for this week's win!

NRC Community Partner Corner

It's time to apply for the newly designed Neighborhood Leadership Academy! The 2017-2018 program offers two stages of training, and the Fall 2017 session begins on September 21.

There are eight sessions that build knowledge and skills for South Bend's new and emerging neighborhood leaders, leading to an action plan for your neighborhood at the end of the sessions. A second stage in Spring 2018 advances the leadership training with an emphasis on sustaining a membership-based neighborhood association.

Want to check out the details? See the NRC website here. It's easy to enroll online at this link, or contact NRC for more information at 574.287.0425 or email

South Bend Neighborhood Spotlight

It's Samaree Totten! Samaree is a board member for the River Park Neighborhood Association and invested in her South Bend community in a number of different ways.

Samaree and her husband work an urban homestead garden on more than a quarter acre and she occasionally contributes content to the RPNA neighborhood website about their experiences. She's also one of our community's animal lovers and an engaged "maker" focusing on crafts. She is a familiar face at the South Bend Farmer's Market too. Thanks Samaree for all you do!

Speaking of local markets, have you checked out the Urban Garden Market, now located at the Near Northwest Neighborhood Center? Be sure to stop in to say hello!

Neighborhood Toolbox Tip

Celebrating summer is always fun, but this time of year can be a little too much fun. Those sparkles and booms can lead to a few fireworks between neighbors in the community too! It's helpful to remember that families with young children or anxious pets may not enjoy the late-night noise as much as you and your friends do. Nor, for that matter, do most people relaxing at home or trying to sleep.

The South Bend Police Department reminds residents that fireworks are approved between June 29 and July 9, so it's a little early yet. That's also restricted to the hours between 5 and 11 p.m. except for the actual Fourth of July holiday. So have fun, but be safe -- and be a good neighbor too!

Sustainability in South Bend Neighborhoods

The City of South Bend employees came in at second place during May's Bike to Work Week, logging more than 992 miles but blown away by the Oaklawn Psychlists team. They took first with almost 2,500 miles logged! 

It's a great introduction to choosing a bike commute more often, and now the Smart Streets bike lanes make the experience even smoother. To learn more about biking trails, maps, groups of biking enthusiasts and more, see this link.

Calendar Events

Paddlefest at St. Patrick's Park
DTSB Summer Outdoor Fitness Series
South Bend Common Council meetings
Ironwood Corby Rockne public info meeting
St. Joseph County Council July 11 meeting

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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