Community Partners Directory

Taking Education Beyond the Walls of the Classroom

The Center for Social Concerns (CSC) invites you to expand the boundaries of your classroom into the neighborhoods of South Bend and beyond. 

Thousands of students have taken part in the opportunities offered through the CSC and our many partners. Consider taking a Community-Engaged Course that connects you with the organizations in the directory below.

The CSC works with Community-Based Learning Coordinators (CBLC) in seven of the organizations listed. CBLCs are available to help students find placements in their agencies that meet both the needs of the community-based organization and the student. 

 
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Legal Services and Advocacy

Indiana Legal Services, Inc.

Focus: 
To offer low-income people legal services in certain civil cases.
Food and Sustainability

Kankakee Wetlands Organic Gardens

Focus: 
To nurture a neighborhood where we value, care and respect our 16,000 year old soil and each other.
Education

La Casa De Amistad, Inc. — CBLC SITE

Focus: 
To empower the Latino/Hispanic community within Michiana by providing educational, cultural, and advocacy services in a welcoming, bilingual environment.
Housing and Homelessness

Life Treatment Centers, Inc.

Focus: 
To strengthen our community by positively impacting the lives of men and women afflicted with various forms of addiction.
Disability Programs

Logan Center — CBLC SITE

Focus: 
To support people with disabilities in achieving their desired quality of life.
Children / Youth / Teen Programs

Make a Wish Foundation

Focus: 
Tens of thousands of volunteers, donors and supporters advance the Make-A-Wish® vision to grant the wish of every child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition.
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 and neighborhood needs within the wider community.
Criminal Justice

Nexus House

Focus: 
To provide a transitional housing program for men re-entering society after incarceration.
Education

Notre Dame Upward Bound

Focus: 
To serve and be an advocate for first-generation and low-income high school students from the South Bend community and to help them successfully graduate from high school, enroll in and graduate from a post -secondary institution.
Hunger Issues

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. Also home to Common Goods Co-Operative Grocery (CGCG), which seeks to build relationships between local growers and urban residents to make healthy food available at affordable prices to everyone, but especially low-income residents in our area.
Education

Pet Refuge

Focus: 
To find placements of unwanted and abandoned pets into responsible permanent homes. Pet Refuge sees to the needs of ALL the animals in our facility as they await their forever homes.
Food and Sustainability

Prairie Winds Nature Farm

Focus: 
To provide nature and farm education, with an emphasis on sustainability, by hosting farm visits and day camps for youth.
Children / Youth / Teen Programs

Ready to Grow St. Joe

Focus: 
To ensure that all children in St. Joseph County, birth to eight, have the foundation to thrive in school and in life, with efforts focused on Quality Early Learning, Health & Wellness and Family Support.
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.
Health Care

RiverBend Cancer Services

Focus: 
To improve the quality of life for cancer survivors, their families, and caregivers through helpful advocacy, hopeful support, and innovative programming.
Education

Robinson Community Learning Center — CBLC SITE

Focus: 
To facilitate community and Notre Dame partnerships and to strengthen the Northeast Neighborhood of South Bend through relationship building and educational opportunities.
Children / Youth / Teen Programs

Ronald McDonald House Charities

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