1. United Religious Community 

  2. 501 N. Main Street

  3. South Bend, IN  46601

  4. 574-282-2397



       The United Religious Community (URC) of St. Joseph County was formed over 40 years ago to promote interreligious dialogue in the Greater South Bend/St. Joseph County Community.  The organization consists of a variety of congregations and individuals from many faith traditions.

       URC is led by a board of approximately 15 members, and a small staff.  The primary organizational responsibilities, which flow from the Mission Statement, are:

• To encourage a strong dialogue between faith leaders and the larger community

• To promote action around social justice issues affecting our community and the larger world

• To assist with basic human needs, and to help educate faith leaders about structural and policy issues that help to perpetuate community members’ needs for help.

       For more information, please reach out on our contact sheet below, or contact the Executive Director, John Pinter: 574-282-2397 x 3 (or jpinter@urcsjc.org)

       The United Religious Community provides assistance to St. Joseph County residents for certain basic needs, which are provided depending upon financial resources being available and verifiable needs.

       URC’s Advocacy Center is not a ‘drop-in’ resource; prospective clients are asked to call first to make sure of funding availability and eligibility.  Generally, appointments are made on Mondays-Thursdays, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.  Clients needing help outside of these hours are handled on a case-by-case basis.

Funding partners for URC’s Advocacy Center include:

•  Martin’s Super Markets “Heat for Homes” funding (for bills that help families to keep

    heat on via gas or electric bills)

•  United Way Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFS)

•  Bunge Foundation

•  Donations from congregations and individual donors for Advocacy Center needs

As of March, 2018, limited funding remains available for

o Heating (generally not to exceed 25% of one month’s billing for gas or electric, up to a cap amount

o Documentation help, for needed birth certificates and other kinds of documentation to help families with eligibility for housing, assistance and other needs

o Currently, there are no funds available for rent, water bills, or other services.

For more information, please call 574-282-2397 x 2


  1. Special Offering for November 2018