DOWNTOWN DIGNITY

A public-spirited effort to support downtown businesses and their visitors through education, collaboration and access to resources.

DTSB’s Downtown Dignity initiative, which includes staff and board members aims to provide information and support to downtown businesses, residents and vistors, without bias, and to promote a positive attitude in the downtown community.

Contribute to the Solution

When approached by a panhandler, please consider contributing to the
solution by giving to one of the following officially recognized organizations.
These organizations provide invaluable resources to those in need
and offer lasting help, instead of a temporary fix.

How to say “NO”

Be intentional, confident and calm when interacting with a panhandler.
Acknowledge – make eye contact, do not break your movement and verbally give a succinct “no”
Most panhandlers will recognize your firm stance and move on.
Give alternatives – panhandling will decrease if people stop giving. Instead, consider donating to a local charity.
Several charities work nationwide to feed the poor, aid those struggling with addiction,
and provide shelter, education and resources to those in need.

Report Aggressive Panhandling to the Police (non-Emergency number) 574-235-9361.

RESOURCES IN OUR COMMUNITY

Help is available to all who need and want it.  If you are approached by a panhandler, it’s okay to say “NO”.  Point them to any one of these downtown organizations…

FOOD ASSISTANCE

601 W. Colfax 
(574) 234-2784
Hours: 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month (3 PM – 5 PM)
 
1412 S. Carroll St. 
(574) 289-0333
Hours: Monday – Thurday (9 AM – 10:30 AM)
 
City Chapel Evangelical Free Church Food Pantry
101 S. Main St.
(574) 237-1913
Hours: Sunday (1 PM)
 
702 S. Chapin St.
(574) 232-9986
Hours: Monday – Wednesday and Friday (9 AM – 2:30 PM) Thursday (Noon – 6PM)
Downtown Soup Kitchen
333 N. Main St.
(574) 233-9463
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (11:30 AM – 12:15 PM)
 
608 South St. Joseph St.
South Bend, IN 46601
(574) 298-0110
Emergency assistance available
Clothes/Food Giveaway 1st Sat. of every month 12p – 2p 
333 N. Main St.
(574) 233-9463
Hours: Tuesday (10 AM – 2 PM)
 
532 S. Michigan St. 
(574) 235-4150
Hours: Lunch Monday – Friday (11 AM – 12:30 PM) Dinner Monday – Friday (6:30 PM – 7:30 PM)
 
526 W. Western Ave.
(574) 243-3506
Hours: Second Saturday of the month (9:30 AM – 11 AM)
 
2206 Miami Street
(574) 607-3483
Hours: 12- 4 PM MONDAY-THURSDAY
 
308 S. Walnut St.
(574) 289-8102
Hours: Call for appointment
 
744 S Main St
(574) 850-9822
Hours: Friday – Sunday (8 AM – 11:30 AM), hot breakfast served at 9:30 AM
 
303 Chapin
(574) 233-9471
Hours: Monday – Friday (9 AM – Noon)
 
3717 S. Michigan St.
(574) 291-5230
Hours: Last consecutive Monday and Tuesday of the month (9 AM – 3 PM)
 
1001 W. Colfax Ave.
(574) 234-6940
Hours: Last Thursday pf the month (10 AM – Noon)
 
115 S. Frances St.
(574) 287-1524
Hours: Monday and Thursday (9:30 AM – 11:30 AM)
 
 

MEAL PROVIDERS

Broadway Christian Parish
1412 S. Carroll St.
(574) 289-0333
Hours: Monday – Thurday (9 AM – 10:30 AM)

City Chapel Evangelical Free Church Food Pantry
101 S. Main St.
(574) 237-1913
Hours: Sunday (1 PM)
333 N. Main St.
(574) 233-9463
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (11:30 AM – 12:15 PM)
Hope Ministries
532 S. Michigan St.
(574) 235-4150
Hours: Lunch Monday – Friday (11 AM – 12:30 PM) Dinner Monday – Friday (6:30 PM – 7:30 PM)
Our Lady of the Road Soup Kitchen (for women)
744 S Main St.
(574) 850-9822
Hours: Friday – Sunday (8 AM – 11:30 AM), hot breakfast served at 9:30 AM
518 S. St. Joseph St.
(574)235-0623
Hours: Monday – Sunday (after 5 PM)
1151 S Michigan St.
(574) 233-8205
Hours: Monday – Friday (8 AM – 4:30 PM)
117 N. Lafayatte Blvd.
(574) 234-7795
Hours: Daily Continental Breakfast (10 AM – 11 AM), Daily Hot Lunch (Noon)

HOUSING

Center for the Homeless
813 S Michigan St.
(574) 235-4150
Hours: Daily (6 AM – 9 PM)
521 S. St. Joseph St.
(574) 233-8522
Hours: Monday – Thrusday (10 AM – 8 PM) Friday (10 AM – 3 PM)
Hope Ministries
532 S. Michigan St.
(574) 235-4150
Hours: Lunch Monday – Friday (11 AM – 12:30 PM) Dinner Monday – Friday (6:30 PM – 7:30 PM)
1402 S Michigan St
(574) 233-5433
Hours: Monday – Friday (8 AM – 4 PM)
Our Lady of the Road Soup Kitchen (for women)
744 S Main St.
(574) 850-9822
Hours: Friday – Sunday (8 AM – 11:30 AM), hot breakfast served at 9:30 AM
Peter Claver House (for men)
518 S. St. Joseph St.
(574)235-0623
Hours: Monday – Sunday (after 5 PM)
St. Margaret’s House (for women and children)
117 N. Lafayatte Blvd.
(574) 234-7795
Hours: Daily Continental Breakfast (10 AM – 11 AM), Daily Hot Lunch (Noon)

HEALTH CARE

1901 W Western Ave. # B
(574) 234-9033
Hours: Monday – Wednesday (9 AM – 8PM), Thursday (1 PM – 8 PM), Friday (9 AM – 4 PM), Saturday (9 AM – 2 PM)
701 S Main St
(574) 235-7990
Hours: Monday – Wednesday (8 AM – 4 PM), Thursday (12 PM – 4 PM), Friday (8 AM – 3 PM), Saturday (8 AM – 1 PM)
1708 High St
(574) 647-1400
Hours: Monday – Thursday (8 AM – 5 PM), Friday (8 AM – 3 PM)

Call the United Way of St. Joseph County at 2-1-1 to find additional local service