Our four programs focus on methods of of practice for going about community building. We focus on unearthing, identifying, discovering, exploring, understanding, and building opportunities within our community. We can't lead with answers. We must lead with questions. We can conduct ourselves with respect and humility, so that we may go about helping figure out what questions need to be asked, and then helping figure out possible answers. Through collisions and serendipity we have the opportunity to discover questions that need answered, so that we then can go about answering them together. Building sustainable community capacity requires that we go about our methodology continuously, and together.
Community Studios build community. The three basic parts of the community studio process are 1. Understanding what the community has to work with, 2. Setting aligned goals among stakeholders, and 3. Implementing next steps to connect the dots. Much like a hiker makes an assessment of what they have with them, sets a goal for a summit to reach, and then gets creative about how best to reach that summit, community studios focus on exploring, finding, and discovering the appropriate questions, so that stakeholders together can go about creating possible solutions.
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That's a tough question and thankfully there is an answer - what you can, right where you're at, with what you have.
Similar to the way Startup Studios get startup companies setup for success by laying out the framework of the company, surrounding teams with resources, and supporting with guidance, so to we get communities setup for success.
How can you help support individuals, families, streets, blocks, neighborhoods, communities, and the world around us we live in, that's how you can partner with Connect to engage in community building in South Bend.
East Bank Village
East Wayne Street Historic
Edgewater Historic District
Far North West
Far West Side
Howard Park Neighborhood Association
LaSalle Area NA or LWW Area NA
LaSalle Park Neighborhood Alliance
Lincoln Way West Gateway
Near Northwest Neighborhood
Northeast Neighborhood Council
South Side NA
Faith in Indiana
Indiana University South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center
Indiana University South Bend Social Action Project (SOCACT)
Islamic Society of Michiana
The Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley
La Casa de Amistad
Moms Demand Action
Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky Community Action Partners (PPINK-CAP)
Pro-Choice South Bend
YWCA of North Central Indiana.
Stakeholders, Resources, Timeline. These three aspects of community building help scaffold the work individually and collectively. Individual initiatives can be framed by outlining the people involved and required, the resources involved and required, and outlining the runway timeline for implementation. By building in these requirements and constraints at the planning stage, you help create clarity, buy-in, and actionable next steps that are aligned with the overall vision.
Clarifying our message to our community we have moved from the Neighborhood Resource Connection to Connect South Bend. Our legal name is Neighborhood Resource and Technical Services Corporation.
Yes! The upper right-hand corner of our website allows you to find keywords from any page on our website. Here is where we document anything we're building, so when we get involved, you can find it here.
Cultivate Food Rescue
La Casa de Amistad
Pro-Choice South Bend
YWCA of North Central Indiana
Boys and Girls Club of St Joseph County
Habitat for Humanity
Beacon Health System
Greater Impact South Bend
Purple Porch Co-op
South Bend Heritage Foundation
South Bend Culture Club
South Bend Locals
Make It South Bend
South Bend Museum of Art
The Sibley Center
Community Foundation of St. Joseph County
St. Joseph County Public Library
City of South Bend
St. Margaret's House
South Bend Regional Chamber of Commerce
South Bend Civic Theater
South Bend International Airport
MAKE South Bend
Center for the Homeless
Take Care South Bend
Connect to be the Change
Food Bank of Northern Indiana