THE STORY OF The Beacon
In 2011, Riverside Church, a local church with a passion for the west side of South Bend, purchased the building through the support of an anonymous donor. Not interested in converting it to a traditional “church space,” the leadership of the church incorporated a nonprofit entity—The Beacon Resource Center—to manage the building and determine its future. Local community leaders formed The Beacon Advisory Team and brought together nonprofits, schools, and local residents to identify central neighborhood needs not being met by existing efforts. The central question was explored: “How can the building again be used to serve the surrounding neighborhood?”
Immediately, one need was identified unanimously: space. The provision of multipurpose space for the community drove The Beacon’s initial engagement with the community. In 2015, the Beacon re-opened with 30,000 sq. feet of renovated multi-purpose programming space available for the community. Today there is over 15 partner organizations that use the space weekly for academic, recreational, or mentoring programs.
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