A Letter from the President of the Board
When I joined the founding NNRO board in 2000, I was so impressed with the partnership of neighborhood residents and community institutions, and I’ve become even more amazed over the years. It has been a privilege to serve, and as President for the last eleven years, I am well aware of the commitment required to carry on such important work. I’m especially thankful for my fellow board members in guiding me forward in this great endeavor.
The year 2020 was heart-wrenching. So many families, community organizations, and businesses had to adapt to new circumstances. In light of an array of changing realities, the NNRO spent much of 2020 developing an enhanced vision for the organization.
With the assistance of South Bend Heritage, neighborhood residents and NNRO funding partners developed NNRO 2.0: Engaging Community. The plan reflects a shift in organizational focus, aiming to directly assist residents with their wellness and economic empowerment. The plan also intensifies the NNRO’s effort to preserve and develop affordable single-family and rental housing in the neighborhood. While all of our pipeline projects advanced throughout 2020, board members become much more involved in NNRO 2.0 initiatives through various committee activities.
I am so thankful for the ongoing financial commitment of our partners. Oaklawn is celebrating its first year as a funding partner and we are thrilled! We also join our new homebuyers in thanking the City of South Bend, the St. Joseph County Housing Consortium, and Lake City Bank for their commitment to funding much needed affordable housing in the neighborhood.
The NNRO partnership is very special. It requires trust and time to do collaborative neighborhood revitalization. In this annual report we are all so grateful to be celebrating 20 years of amazing accomplishments! I am honored to be welcoming Lisa Wine, South Bend Clinic’s CFO, as the new board President. She is a tremendous leader who will be a steady hand on the wheel as we emerge from the pandemic. We have more important work ahead of us that will help neighbors and ensure the Northeast Neighborhood is a home for everyone.