Taking Education Beyond the Walls of the Classroom

The Center for Social Concerns invites you to push the boundaries of your classroom into the neighborhoods of South Bend and beyond. Come and enter the lives of those who live and study and work there. Indeed, consider the ways that you might begin to be a part of the world’s transformation.

Through the years, thousands of students have taken part in the numerous opportunities offered through the Center for Social Concerns and our many partners. Each student has made an important difference.

Title Focus
Alzheimer’s Services of Northern Indiana/Milton Adult Day Services To provide therapeutic activities to adults who need supervision during the day, many of whom have Alzheimer's disease or dementia
American Red Cross, St. Joseph County Chapter To provide compassionate care to those in need, and to prevent and relieve suffering, here at home and around the world, through five key service areas: 1) disaster relief, 2) health and safety services, 3) international services, 4) support to military families, 5) biomedical services
Ark Angels, Inc. To illuminate inherent youth value (societally blinded by neglect and underexposure) and use the light of heroic human capital investment to restore great possibility thinking and inspire transformation
Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Joseph County To offer one-on-one mentoring for school-aged children in St. Joseph County
Boy Scouts of America—Lasalle Council To develop character, leadership, and physical and mental fitness in the young men and women in our area in an outdoor setting
Boys and Girls Clubs of St. Joseph County To provide holistic, high-quality, co-educational programming in after-school settings throughout the community
Bridges Out of Poverty To work across sectors, political parties, and economic classes in order to create and implement community solutions to help end poverty and build sustainability
Broadway Christian Parish UMC To offer a ministry of peace, justice, and hospitality to people who find themselves on the margins of society
Cardinal Nursing and Rehab Center To serve compassionately each resident with quality care and excellence through health solutions that foster independence and self-esteem
Casa Program of St. Joseph County Recruit, screen, train, supervise, and support volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children who are wards of the Department of Child Services in St. Joseph County
Catholic Charities To serve those in need as Christ would have us do
Catholic Worker House To practice the “works of mercy” by offering hospitality (overnight shelter and dinner at 6:30 p.m. nightly) to folks who find themselves on the street in South Bend
Center for Community Justice To provide programs, based on the principles of Restorative Justice, that strengthen community safety, provide support and compensation for victims, aid in the restoration of offenders, and promote reconciliation among victims, offenders and the community
Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc. To improve the quality of life both for persons facing the end of their lives and their families
Center for the Homeless To offer life-changing services and programs for our 200+ guests (men, women, children, and military veterans) as they work to break the cycle of homelessness
Chiara Home, Inc. To support families and caregivers by providing out-of-home respite care for individuals with special needs
Children’s Dispensary, Inc. (A Place To Be Me) To provide a safe, accepting, and nurturing program environment for young people with developmental and/or physical disabilities where they can enhance their social interactions, learning, and creativity
Christ Child Society To offer personal service and clothing to all needy children and infants in the love and spirit of the Christ Child
Corvilla, Inc. To provide homes and care for people with developmental disabilities
Dismas House of South Bend To bring men and women who are returning from incarceration and college students together to live, work, and learn in order to assist former offenders with reentry and become contributing members of the community