Trivia Around the Bend, welcome NRC interns, additional budget hearing, free ABCD workshops, neighborhood emergency preparedness, and more.

Click here to link to our website to donate, and on the interactive map
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. 

Trivia Around the Bend tickets now available

On November 10th, Neighborhood Resources Connection is hosting Trivia Around the Bend to support South Bend neighborhoods. For just $10 a person, you and your friends or other trivia enthusiasts (up to 8) can test your knowledge of South Bend. Join us for an evening full of fun and awesome prizes. See the Facebook event, or get tickets now (Eventbrite). See you there!

When: November 10th
Time: Doors open at 6 p.m., trivia starts at 7 p.m.
Where: The Hall at St. Peter’s (Rockne and Ironwood).

Additional budget hearing scheduled

The 2018 South Bend budget process is underway, and the South Bend Common Council has elected to hold an additional public meeting to hear residents’ questions on the information provided and presented to date. Representatives from each department will be on hand. To allow maximum input during the limited time available, each resident will be permitted to ask a single question. If you have additional questions or are unable to attend, consider reaching out to your South Bend Common Councilperson.  

Public Meeting - 2018 Budget
Monday, Sept. 18 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Council Meeting Room - 227. W. Jefferson 

See the meeting notice (PDF), or read more about the 2018 budget.

NRC welcomes Fall interns Alexis and Olivia

NRC gives a warm welcome to the two newest members of our team! Alexis Woods (left) was born and raised in South Bend and attended school on the city’s far west side. She is currently a junior at Saint Mary's College studying communication and public relations/advertising. Olivia Propheter (right), originally from Naperville, IL, is a sophomore at Saint Mary's college studying business administration with a concentration in marketing.

Both Alexis and Olivia are excited to be working with NRC this semester. They will be coordinating and managing a review of NRC’s digital media channels, assisting with upcoming events such as the Neighborhood Leadership Academy and Trivia Around the Bend, and more. Along the way we hope to let them see behind the NRC scenes and learn about non-profit management, marketing, and community development. If you see Alexis or Olivia at a neighborhood block party or out around town, please give them a warm South Bend welcome! 

Small Scale Real Estate Development Workshop - Oct. 5

The Small Scale Real Estate Development Workshop is a day-long session designed to introduce the principles and implementation mechanisms behind neighborhood-based development projects. The workshop offers specialized training about how to create small projects, like 1-3 story buildings with less than 20 units, which are residential, commercial or mixed in use. This workshop is the first step to becoming a small developer yourself or creating a supportive ecosystem for small development in South Bend.

WHAT: Small Scale Real Estate Development Workshop
WHEN: October 5, 2017 - 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
WHERE: St. Joseph County Public Library – 304 S Main St, South Bend, IN 46601
  • $169 for Early Bird Registration – until September 11
  • $199 for Regular Registration – until October 2
  • $229 for Last Minute Registration – until October 5, if space is available
Register today at or read more at NRC's website. Sponsored by the Incremental Development Alliance. Locally hosted by Neighborhood Resources Connection, Thrive Michiana, and more

Neighborhood Emergency Preparedness

Natural disasters can happen quickly and without warning. It is crucial for you and your neighbors to be prepared in advance for these events. The first step for preparing your neighborhood is to get organized. Creating a contact list, neighborhood map, stockpiles, and developing a plan with your neighbors is an important way to stay safe during natural disasters. Learn more on how to prepare your neighborhood for emergencies.

Public hearing on proposed I&M rate hike

Participating in public hearings is an excellent way to see local or state government in action, so here’s a community organizing bulletin from our friends at the Sierra Club: Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) is asking the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) for an increase in customers’ electric bills starting in July 2018. If I&M’s request is approved, the average customer’s bill will increase by more than $300 a year. Learn more about the rate increase request at the public hearing below, or at Citizens Action Coalition.
South Bend Public Hearing
South Bend Century Center, Recital Hall (120 S St Joseph St)
Monday, October 2nd at 6:00 PM

Community Partners Night caps off four-day SBBW birthday weekend
Learn more about NRC (and eat cake) on Monday, Sept. 18

Help us congratulate (and thank) South Bend Brew Werks for three great years of building a stronger community, one brew at a time. NRC will be on hand to share more about how we work to make South Bend neighborhoods stronger. And we’ll bring cake.  

Community Partners Night at SBBW
Monday, Sept. 18
Cake cutting and check presentation - 6:00 p.m.
South Bend Brew Werks, 216 S. Michigan

Free workshops on Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) coming soon
For community organizers, “ABCD” spells successful change from within

Save the date! NRC and IU South Bend are teaming up to bring you more Neighborhood Leadership Academy workshops, this time a three-part series on Asset-Based Community Development (“ABCD” for short).

Widely regarded as a leading method of improving communities and neighborhoods, ABCD encourages community organizers to start with what they have instead of what they need. Rather than turning to outsiders for help, ABCD principles empower neighbors to make change from within by identifying assets and making connections between them. Mark your calendars and join us to learn more. Co-presented by the IU South Bend American Democracy Project’s Civic Leadership Academy and NRC.

Wednesdays, Nov. 1, 8, and 15, 2017
6:30-8:00 p.m. each day
IUSB (location TBD)


Calendar of Events
  • RCLC Community Picnic, Sept. 15th, Robinson Community Learning Center Parking Lot 5:30-7:30 p.m. See flyer for more details
  • Getting to Know Your Neighbors, Southeast Organized Area Residents (SOAR), Sept. 16, Southeast Neighborhood Park, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
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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