Community Partners Directory

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.

 
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Parish

Little Flower Catholic Church

Focus: 
To provide parish-based outreach and religious education.
Disability Programs

Logan Center

Focus: 
To support people with disabilities in achieving their desired quality of life.
Health Care

Memorial Hospital Ambassador and Customer Services

Focus: 
To provide an exceptional experience for every patient, visitor, and guest
Housing and Homelessness

Near Northwest Neighborhood, Inc.

Focus: 
To work in the near northwest neighborhood of South Bend to ensure the lasting success of our community by providing affordable housing, organizing and empowering neighbors, and promoting our neighborhood.
Education

Notre Dame Upward Bound

Focus: 
To equip South Bend high school students to enter and succeed in higher education through intensive academic support and exposure to the college experience.
Housing and Homelessness

Our Lady of the Road (An Apostolate of the Catholic Worker Community)

Focus: 
To practice "works of mercy" through offering breakfast, laundry, and shower facilities to people on the streets of South Bend, with particular emphasis on rebuilding relationships in the South Bend community across divisions of race, class, and gender. Our Lady of the Road is an apostolate of the Catholic Worker Community.
Food and Sustainability

Prairie Winds Nature Farm

Focus: 
Provide nature and farm education to youth by hosting farm visits and day camps, with an emphasis on sustainability.
Criminal Justice

Reading for Life (RFL)

Focus: 
To use literature to teach Aristotelian and Thomist virtues of justice, prudence, temperance, fortitude, fidelity, hope and charity to low-status juvenile offenders. Reading for Life is a diversion program through the St. Joseph County Juvenile Justice Center.
Aging

Real Services, Inc.

Focus: 
To assist in establishing a community in which those we serve can maintain their independence to the maximum degree possible and find meaning and satisfaction throughout their lives.
Disability Programs

Reins of Life, Inc.

Focus: 
To provide equine-assisted activities and therapies to children and adults with special needs.
Education

Robinson Community Learning Center (RCLC)

Focus: 
To facilitate community and Notre Dame partnerships and to strengthen the Northeast Neighborhood of South Bend through relationship-building and educational opportunities
Health Care

Ronald McDonald House Charities

Focus: 
To take care of the families of hospitalized children.
Domestic Violence

S-O-S of Family Justice Center

Focus: 
To provide 24-hour crisis intervention and support for survivors of sexual and domestic violence, as well as their significant others.
Health Care

Saint Joseph County Health Department

Focus: 
To promote physical and mental health and facilitate the prevention of disease, injury, and disability for all St. Joseph County residents.
Children / Youth / Teen Programs

Salvation Army

Focus: 
To serve as an unprecedented place of gathering and enrichment which houses an array of education, sports, faith, arts and supportive programs to deliver a world class experience.
Aging

Sanctuary Holy Cross

Focus: 
To care for the mind, body, and spirit of those entrusted to our care.
Aging

Sant’Egidio

Focus: 
To gather regularly for common prayer and befriend the urban poor where they live, especially those who are elderly, homeless, immigrants, prisoners, or sick.
Aging

Sisters of the Holy Cross

Focus: 
To give and share educational, spiritual, and social experiences with our retired population.
Criminal Justice

South Bend Community Re-Entry Center

Focus: 
To provide re-entry services to offenders being released throughout Indiana. The Center has both a Work Release Program and Level 1 Program component for offenders with two years or fewer to serve.
Education

South Bend Community School Corporation (SBCSC) - Mentoring Dream Team

Focus: 
To connect students with caring adults to help them achieve success in school and reach their dreams.