Author: Josh Amaral

Clemente Course now accepting applications

Clemente Course is ‘life-changing program’

NEW BEDFORD — PACE, the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth announce that the Clemente Course in the Humanities is recruiting applicants for its 12th year of operation.

Classes will begin Thursday Sept. 8, at the PACE Head Start Center at 247 Smith St.

The Clemente Course in the Humanities provides tuition free, college-level instruction, for up to 6 college credits, to economically disadvantaged individuals aged 17 and older. Course participants take classes in literature, art history, moral philosophy, American history, writing and public speaking from college professors. Instructors are chosen for their engaging and dynamic presence in the classroom and their commitment to working with non-traditional learners.

Classes will take place on Monday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. starting in September and ending with a graduation ceremony in May. The classes are offered free to qualified participants. PACE will provide on-site childcare for them and transportation assistance along with paying for all textbooks and supplies. Students will take trips to art museums, and to see plays and performances.

The Clemente Course grants a certificate of achievement to all students who finish the course and six college credits to those who complete it at a high level of academic performance. The credits come from UMass Dartmouth, and can be transferred to any community college or university.

Dr. Mark Santow, academic director for the program and History chair at UMass Dartmouth, said “the Clemente Course is based on the idea that anyone can acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to enrich and transform his or her life. It is a wonderful, life-changing program. Since we began in the fall of 2005, the New Bedford Clemente Course has graduated over 125 students, and dozens of them have gone on to Bristol Community College and UMass Dartmouth.”

Anyone interested in enrolling in the Clemente Course in the Humanities should call PACE at 508 999-9920 and request an application or pick one up at the PACE main office at 166 William St., New Bedford.

People may also apply online at All applicants will be interviewed by Santow. For more information, contact Bruce Morell, executive director of PACE at 508 999-9920, or Santow at

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PACE Health Access Program announces addition of Senior Health Intake Specialist

PACE Inc., and the PACE Health Access Program are pleased to announce the addition of an Intake Specialist for clients over age 65.

The Specialist will see clients by appointment on Mondays from 1PM-3PM and on Fridays from 9AM-1PM. Persons over age 65 will be assisted with their Medicare applications including Medicare Part A, Part B, and Part D; Medigap Insurance, Medicare HMOs, retiree insurance plans, prescription drug programs, Medicaid, Medicare assistance programs (QMB, SLMB and QI) and other programs for people with limited resources.

The PACE Health Access Program continues to assist persons under age 65 with their health insurance needs. Trained Navigators assist clients who do not have health insurance by helping them apply to the Massachusetts Health Connector and/or Mass Health for coverage.

For more information or to make an appointment call 508-999-9920. As always, our services are free.

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PACE Food Bank to benefit from new ownership of “Building 19” property

NEW BEDFORD — A long-vacant North End warehouse with more than $370,000 in property tax debt has a new owner who’s creating a positive impact on the region, by freely providing loading dock space that could significantly boost Greater Boston Food Bank deliveries for local pantries and shelters.

Food Bank workers and local volunteers unloaded three semitrailers Tuesday at the former Building 19 facility on King Street, using the sorely needed space to stack nearly 70,000 pounds of produce, canned goods, frozen meats and more, for distribution to 19 participating SouthCoast agencies. Food Bank spokesperson Courtney Johanson said the delivery contained enough food for about 58,000 meals.

The monthly deliveries could increase to twice a month this summer, creating a huge increase in local food supplies for the needy, Johanson said.

“It’s a very, very good thing for this area,” said Emma Melo, director of the food program for People Acting in Community Endeavors, or PACE, which provides food to numerous local families and individuals out of its downtown office on William Street…

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PACE Head Start partners with NBPS, other providers to expand preschool access

From SouthCoastToday:

“NEW BEDFORD — The School Department and four area preschool providers are working together to find ways to provide free preschool to about 80 3-year-olds next year.

It is part of an effort to get young kids learning early to improve their education over the long term.

The School Department received a $40,000 planning grant in January from the state Department of Early Education and Care to examine what is needed to increase access to high quality preschool programs for children who are 2 years and 9 months old through kindergarten. The city has partnered with NorthStar Learning Center, the YMCA, Little People’s College and PACE Headstart, which would provide the space for the children. The plan is due June 30. It is only a planning grant, however, and does not include funding for actual implementation.

About 80 youngsters would be able to access the free program under the plan. In the second year, another 80 kids could join the program, adding new kindergarten and preschool classes under the proposal, school officials said.

“It is extremely important in this community. There are so many families who are not accessing the services,” said Jill Fox, director of PACE Head Start.”

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PACE Fuel Assistance Extended Until May 13th



April 22 2016


The Federal Low Income Heating Assistance Program (LIHEAP) known locally as the Fuel Assistance Program has been extended to May 13, 2016.

Persons who have never applied to the PACE Fuel Assistance Program and have either paid or owe their heating companies for oil, propane, kerosene or N-Star Gas and Electric (now Eversource) are urged to apply before the program ends on May 13th.

Those who apply will receive a retroactive credit to their utility company if they are income eligible. This means that although they may have paid their bills this past winter, since November 2015, the PACE Fuel Assistance Program will issue a credit to their heating company for the amount they have already paid or still owe up to their eligible amount.

According to Bruce Morell, PACE Executive Director, “Even though we had a relatively mild winter, many area residents still struggle to pay their monthly heating bills.”

All interested persons from New Bedford, Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. When applying, each household must provide the last four weeks of gross family income, regardless of how it is received, along with a current utility or oil vendor bill. Other information may be requested.

The PACE Fuel Assistance Program is located at 166 William Street, New Bedford. Office hours are 9:00AM-11:30AM and from 1:15PM-3:30PM Monday through Friday. For more information or to make an appointment, please call PACE at 508-999-9920.

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United Way leads effort to empower South End of New Bedford

“For decades, much of the South End has been weighed down by high levels of poverty, nearly nonexistent job and economic prospects and low educational attainment that has put residents at a social and economic disadvantage. A team, led by the United Way of Greater New Bedford and made up of nonprofits, the city, neighborhood groups, New Bedford Public Schools, New Bedford Housing Authority, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and Southcoast Health, is working to change that by empowering families and residents in the South End community…

‘We’re unified under one common agenda to see the South End improve,’ said Allison Yates-Berg, vice president of community impact and operations at United Way. ‘It’s one of the oldest and most distressed neighborhoods in New Bedford.”‘Partners include Old Bedford Village Development Inc., New Bedford Housing Authority, TRI-The Resource Inc., Immigrants Assistance Center Inc., Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board, PACE Inc., BankFive and Southcoast Youth Alliance.”

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PACE Fuel Assistance does live Q/A with New Bedford Guide

On February 24th, Josh Amaral from the PACE Fuel Assistance program sat down with New Bedford Guide to answer questions and provide information about the Fuel Assistance Program. Those who follow New Bedford Guide on Facebook were able to ask questions and get their answers live as part of Facebook’s new live streaming video feature.

To watch the 10-minute clip, visit the post on New Bedford Guide’s page here:

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PACE CFCE Announces Community Resource Fair for Freetown, Lakeville and Berkley

The PACE CFCE (Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Program) which is a program of PACE CCW (ChildCare Works) is sponsoring The Freetown-Lakeville-Berkley Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant Council Community Resource Fair on March 19, 2016. This free event will run from 10:30AM until 1PM at the Lakeville Public Library . Families, early childhood educators and interested community members are invited to attend.

Area human service agencies including Citizens for Citizens and Associates for Human Services will be on hand to inform the community about some of their programs. Activity tables will be provided by local early childhood programs. Digital child ID’s will be conducted by New York Life and children’s story teller Karen Chase will entertain at 11:30 AM.

The Lakeville Public Library is located at 4 Precinct St., Lakeville. For additional information contact Pam Hagberg at 508- 999-99930 ext 109 or

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PACE and Lawler Library Join Forces to Assist Persons Applying For Health Insurance

The PACE Health Access Program and the Lawler Library located at 745 Rockdale Avenue, have joined forces to assist persons who are looking for health insurance.

A PACE Navigator is located at the Library every second Thursday from 5PM until 7PM to assist anyone with their insurance questions and applications. This is being done outside of PACE office hours to accommodate persons who are working or cannot make it into the PACE offices before 5PM. Navigators have been trained by The Health Connector and are certified by the State.

For questions and or more information please call PACE 508-999-9920.

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PACE Child Care Works Awarded $14,000

The PACE Child Care Works (CCW) Program has received an award from the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts’ Polaroid Fund in the amount of $14,000.

The money will be used for Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes for Spanish speakers. Fifteen parents from the Hayden-McFadden Elementary School will attend the ABE classes. Transportation and child care will be provided to the parents if needed.

The goal of the award is for parents to be able to communicate (read and write) with school personnel. It is hoped that the parents will gain confidence and a desire to continue with education or to begin a job training program. The parents’ participation in classes should have a positive effect on their child’s attitude toward school which can lead to better attendance. This project will build relationships among parents and school personnel and increase parent involvement while strengthening their parenting skills.

This project is in collaboration with New Bedford Public Schools and the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) Program of PACE Child Care Works and ends in June 2016.

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