Non-Profit Organizations

The University of Notre Dame has been committed to partnering with non-profit  organizations serving the local community for over half a century.  A rich tapestry of agency partners serving area residents is listed below.

AIDS Ministries/AIDS Assist

AM/AA educates the community and works with them to find effective, common sense solutions to preventing HIV and assisting those who have HIV. Our mission is to help create a world that supports and enhances the lives of people infected with and affected by HIV and AIDS.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of St. Joseph County

Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Our vision is that all children achieve success in life.

Boys and Girls Club of St. Joseph County

The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Joseph County is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. We believe every girl and boy deserves a safe place to learn and grow; life-enhancing programs, character development experiences, and hope and opportunity for the future. In such an environment, kids can discover how to see beyond the walls of their current situation and realize they can succeed.

Boy Scouts of America - LaSalle Council

LaSalle Council serves over 7,500 youth and 230 units in Elkhart, LaPorte, Marshall, Porter, St Joseph and Starke Counties in Indiana, and Cass and Southern Berrien Counties in Michigan. The council has over 2,000 volunteer adults, who provide the Scouting program to our local youth, maintaining a 1:4 adult-to-youth ratio.

Bridges out of Poverty

The St. Joseph County Bridges Out of Poverty Initiative takes a breakthrough framework to break the cycle of poverty and create community sustainability. SJC Bridges’ community wide approach seeks solutions that shift from managing poverty to eliminating it.

CASA Program of St. Joseph County

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children is a network of 951 community-based programs that recruit, train and support citizen-volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in courtrooms and communities. Volunteer advocates—empowered directly by the courts—offer judges the critical information they need to ensure that each child’s rights and needs are being attended to while in foster care. 

Center for Community Justice

Through its programs, Center For Community Justice holds offenders accountable for their past actions, while giving them the opportunity to be actively involved in making things right with their victims, their community and themselves. 

Center for the Homeless

Our innovative service model offers homeless families and individuals an on-site structured, step-by-step process to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency. Everything that goes on in the Center serves to further our mission, which is threefold: Break the cycle of homelessness, Bring together disparate groups so that each can discover the worth, dignity and potential of the other, and to Pioneer a service model worthy of replication.

Chiara Home, Inc.

Chiara Home provides out-of-home respite care services to families caring for an individual with a developmental disability, mental disorder and/or other special needs.  In this way, we seek to provide families supportive assistance so that institutionalizing their disabled loved one can be prevented.  It is also our goal to prevent abuse and neglect of disabled individuals and help families remain together as functioning units within our community.

Children's Dispensary, Inc.

The Children’s Dispensary has served the community through progressive and challenging programs for over 100 years. Through generous community support and volunteerism, the organization’s programs and services have evolved through the decades as the needs of the community have evolved. We remain true to our mission: To enhance the learning and enrich the lives of children with special needs.

Corvilla, Inc.

Corvilla is a not-for-profit organization that provides a home for 28 residents with developmental disabilities. Our goal is to provide a caring, supportive environment so our Corvilla family can lead satisfying, productive and fun-filled lives.

Dismas House of South Bend

For four decades, Dismas House has successfully brought former offenders and the larger community together — in a way that promotes reconciliation, fresh starts, and a stronger, more just community. For the formerly incarcerated, having a place to stay in a supportive environment is the first step toward successful re-entry to society. Upon their release, offenders who have been carefully screened, live at Dismas House as they transition back into the community. They leave with a stable income, a supportive network of friends, a greater sense of self-worth, a fresh chance and real hope for the future.

El Campito, Inc.

El Campito's vision is to ensure that every child in St. Joseph County has the opportunity to receive a quality early childhood education. We care deeply about the educational, social, and economic success of all children and families in Michiana.

Family Justice Center

The Family Justice Center of St. Joseph County is an innovative collaboration of civil, legal, medical, and social services whose expertise provides victims of domestic violence and their families multiple options to restore balance to their lives.

Fischoff National Chamber Music Association

Committed to music education, the Fischoff uniquely partners with competition alumni to bring free, innovative music programs directly to children in their own schools and community centers. Known as the Fischoff Arts-in-Education Residency, these programs have served more than 61,600 community children since 1995 and reach more than 5,700 underserved and at-risk young people every year. 

Food Bank of Northern Indiana

In May 1993, United Religious Community of St. Joseph County’s Hunger Education Task Force accepted the challenge of reestablishing food banking services in north central Indiana.  In 2006, our organization’s name was changed to the Food Bank of Northern Indiana serving Elkhart, LaPorte, Kosciusko, Marshall, Starke and St. Joseph Counties.

Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana

GSNI-M provides opportunities for girls to discover their strengths, connect with others, and take action to improve their communities. Girl Scouts is the world's preeminent leadership development organization for girls, building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

Girls on the Run

Our mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. The 20-lesson Girls on the Run curriculum combines training for a 5K (3.1 miles) running event with lessons that inspire girls to become independent thinkers, enhance their problem solving skills and make healthy decisions. 

Habitat for Humanity

People in our community, and all over the world, partner with Habitat for Humanity to build a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. With our help, Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability, and independence they need to build a better life for themselves and for their families. 

Hannah and Friends

Hannah and Friends is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and adults with special needs. The organization provides funding for the construction and ongoing operations of a neighborhood where residential homes provide a community for adults with special needs. Hannah & Friends Neighborhood also provides recreational programs for children and adults with special needs.

Hannah's House

Believing in the sanctity of life and the innate value of each person, Hannah’s House is a maternity home that provides a safe environment, programming and support for the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of pregnant young women.

Hope Ministries

The key to understanding Hope's vision is to understand our view of the root cause of chronic patterns of unhealthy choices. That cause is pain. Not physical pain, but rather the deep hurt, emptiness, regret and grief caused by traumatic experiences and environments of people’s pasts. Hope's vision, therefore, is to create a community in which hurting people find healing. We know that without healing, their thinking and the choices they make will not change. People cannot engage in a process of healing and transformation if they lack food, shelter or basic health care. So Hope provides these basic needs for a period of time to give people the chance to heal, transform and thrive.

Imani Unidad

The primary purpose of this charitable, not for profit organization is to provide HIV/STD and substance abuse prevention, education and advocacy through community efforts. In achieving this purpose, the organization will include HIV positive and African American community members in decision making, education, advocacy, service delivery, public relations, research and leadership. 

Indiana Legal Services, Inc.

The Mission of Indiana Legal Services, Inc. is to use our resources to provide poor people with a wide variety of aggressive, quality legal services which will effectively help them to gain equal access to the courts; empower them to control their lives; and impact on the major causes and effects of poverty. 

La Casa de Amistad

To empower the Latino/Hispanic community within Michiana by providing educational, cultural, and advocacy services in a welcoming bilingual environment. La Casa de Amistad offers vital educational and lifeskills based programming for the Hispanic/Latino community and its neighbors in Michiana.

Logan Center

Logan exists to support people with disabilities in achieving their desired quality of life.

Near Northwest Neighborhood, Inc.

The Near Northwest Neighborhood, Inc. is an organization of citizens dedicated to the preservation and revitalization of the neighborhood through: providing affordable housing to low-moderate income households, organizing and empowering community residents, and promoting the neighborhood’s interest within the neighborhood and the entire community.

Northeast Neighborhood Council (NENC)

The NENC promotes, without profit, needed community services to the residents of the northeast side of South Bend, Indiana; and develops partnerships between the residents of the northeast side of South Bend, Indiana, and inter-community relations with neighboring communities, including universities, colleges, businesses, religious institutions, government agencies, and any other interested parties.

Northeast Neighborhood Revitalization Organization (NNRO)

Since 2000, the Northeast Neighborhood Revitalization Organization (NNRO) has been a catalyst in the transformation of the Northeast Neighborhood. In the past decade, the Northeast Neighborhood has seen intensive revitalization, with population growth and owner-occupied housing. The NNRO has helped stabilize critical sections of the neighborhood for residential and commercial investment.

Our Lady of the Road

We are a community of Catholics inspired by the example of Dorothy Day. We feed and shelter the homeless, practice the works of mercy, and oppose the works of war.

Reading for Life

Reading for Life is a mentoring program that combines literature with a personal study of seven classic virtues. Designed by Alesha Seroczynski, Ph.D., for juvenile offenders at the St. Joseph County Juvenile Justice Center, Reading for Life exists as an alternative to prosecution for non-violent offenses. In small groups with trained mentors, young people learn to make better life choices by recognizing and implementing the timeless virtues of Justice, Prudence, Temperance, Fortitude, Fidelity, Hope and Charity.

Real Services, Inc.

Real Services has the responsibility of planning, developing, implementing and administering a network of services that are of high standards, are known, available and used by older adults and low income households in north central Indiana (Elkhart, Kosciusko, LaPorte, Marshall and St. Joseph Counties). The ultimate objective of REAL Services is 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.

Reins of Life, Inc.

Our Mission: To improve the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities through equine-assisted therapy. Our Vision: To promote the mental, physical, emotional, and social growth of all involved in the program, To educate the community regarding the benefits of riding as therapy, and the abilities of children and adults with disabilities, and To improve the attitudes of society toward persons with disabilities.

Ronald McDonald House Charities

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Michiana creates, finds, and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. Hand in hand with this mission is our vision: to give a friendly welcome to families by caring for others and bringing families together through this sanctuary of nurturing for the body, mind, and spirit. 

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

South Bend Heritage Foundation/Northeast Neighborhood Revitalization Organization

South Bend Heritage is a local non-profit that has worked to reverse the physical and social decline taking place in South Bend’s urban neighborhoods since 1974. Our mission is to enhance the beauty, value and effectiveness of urban neighborhoods and their residents. SBH staff assists in the planning and development work of the NNRO for the purpose of the social, physical and economic revitalization of the Northeast Neighborhood.

South Bend Symphony Orchestra

As Michiana’s premiere professional orchestra, the South Bend Symphony engages the community in the exploration of orchestral music in all its forms. Vision: To broaden the personal experiences of a diverse audience.

St. Margaret's House

St. Margaret's House is a day center committed to the gospel value of hospitality as reflected in Matthew 25: 35-36. St. Margaret's House improves the lives of women and children by providing individual attention to their immediate needs, breaking the bonds of isolation and helping them acquire skills to better their lives.

St. Vincent dePaul Society of St. Joseph County

The St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Joseph County is a Catholic lay organization with a long history of service to neighbors in need. We offer real support such as food, clothing and household necessities as well as emotional and spiritual support through one-on-one interactions with those who are suffering. 

Starlight Children's Foundation Midwest

Starlight Children's Foundation partners with experts to improve the life and health of kids and families around the world. We partner with experts and innovators in healthcare, entertainment and technology to create a unique blend of family-centered services from hospital to home. Today, Starlight partners with more than 1,750 healthcare facilities and major pediatric hospitals around the world, serving millions of children every year.

Stone Soup Community

Stone Soup Community offers crisis and long-term services to anyone in St. Joseph County. Stone Soup Community places an emphasis on partnering and networking. For this reason, our offices are located at agencies and churches that have food pantries and other outreach services. Our goal is to offer patrons the most comprehensive and holistic services possible so that clients can move toward self-reliance and out of the cycle of meeting basic needs on an emergency basis. 

United Way of St. Joseph County

United Way of St. Joseph County is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating long-lasting change, ensuring all residents have access to the building blocks to a better life: education, income and health.  United Way is unique in its ability to bring together people active in their communities, business leaders, nonprofit organizations and government agencies to address the underlying causes of major St. Joseph County problems. 

Women's Care Center

Women's Care Center provides free, confidential counseling, support and education to women facing unplanned pregnancies. We serve 25,000 women annually from 22 centers in 7 states, including Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio & Wisconsin.

YMCA of Michiana

The Michiana Family YMCA strengthens the foundations of our community through well-being and fitness, camps, family time, swim, sports and play, and other activities for people of all ages, incomes and abilities. With a commitment to nurturing youth development, promoting healthy living, and fostering a sense of social responsibility, the Y ensures that every individual has access to the essentials needed to learn, grow and thrive.

Youth Services Bureau of St. Joseph County, Inc.

The Youth Service Bureau of St. Joseph County empowers youth and families to recognize their strengths and unlimited potential. We are committed to delivering services that include street level outreach, shelter, counseling, and case management that honors, respects and celebrates our community's diversity. We provide free, innovative and responsive programs that reach out to youth and families. 

YWCA of North Central Indiana

YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. With service sites in St. Joseph & Elkhart Counties we provide economic empowerment programs, residential and non-residential services for women who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or struggling with chemical dependency.