Connect FAQ

Connect South Bend, formerly Neighborhood Resource Connection, builds community, together.
Connect South Bend's Four Programs

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.

Connect South Bend

What is a Community Studio?

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.

How do I partner?

  • Invest in Connect South Bend & our programs

  • Volunteer with Connect South Bend

  • Share what Connect South Bend does with someone you know

  • Introduce Connect South Bend with someone you know

How do I volunteer?

How do I find out what Benders are doing?

How do I grow my community building skills?

How do I get involved in community building?

Who is Connect South Bend?

Grant Carlile

Keya Young

Elizabeth Leachman

Coy Brown

Darcy Kindelin

Karla Riley

Lisa Kowalski

Elizabeth Stifel

Dylan Schwaegel

What can I do in my community?

That's a tough question and thankfully there is an answer - what you can, right where you're at, with what you have.

What community partners help with community building in South Bend?

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.

What geographic communities exist in South Bend (neighborhoods)?



Chapin Park

Council Oak

East Bank Village

East Wayne Street Historic

Edgewater Historic District

Edison Park

Erskine Park

Far North West

Far West Side

Harter Heights

Howard Park Neighborhood Association

Keller Park

Kennedy Park

LaSalle Area NA or LWW Area NA

LaSalle Park Neighborhood Alliance

Lincoln Way West Gateway

Marquette Park

Mayflower East

McKinley Terrace

Miami Village

Monroe Park

Near Northwest Neighborhood

Northeast Neighborhood Council

Northshore Triangle

Oliver Gateway

Pinhook Area

River Park


Rum Village

Scottsdale Community


South Side NA

Southeast Pond


Swanson Park

Twyckenham Hills


Wooded Estates


Map of Geographic Communities in South Bend, Indiana

What demographic communities exist in South Bend?

What ideological communities exist in South Bend?

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.

What circumstantial communities exist in South Bend?

What variables do I consider when I am community building?

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.

Schedule time with Connect South Bend

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NRC is now Connect South Bend

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.

Can I search for resources through Connect online?

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.

Connect South Bend's brand identity, where can I find it?

Partners around the area

Cultivate Food Rescue

Indiana University

Ivy Tech


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

Unity Gardens

South Bend Heritage Foundation

South Bend Culture Club

South Bend Locals

Make It South Bend

South Bend Museum of Art

The Sibley Center

Lang Lab

Community Foundation of St. Joseph County

St. Joseph County Public Library

Troyer Group

City of South Bend

St. Margaret's House




South Bend Regional Chamber of Commerce



South Bend Civic Theater

Girls on the Run Michiana

South Bend International Airport

Bendix Coffee

MAKE South Bend

Center for the Homeless

Potawatomi Zoo

South Shore


Take Care South Bend

Connect to be the Change

Food Bank of Northern Indiana