Author: Josh Amaral

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.

This article appeared on the New Bedford Guide here:

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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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PACE seeking candidates for election to the Board of Directors

PACE seeking candidates for election to the Board of Directors

“PACE is seeking candidates for the PACE Board of Directors. Candidates will be elected to serve as Low Income representatives through a new election process during the month of March. Candidates must be residents of the City of New Bedford, be at least 18 years old and submit a candidate profile before February 19, 2016. The election of candidates to the PACE Board will occur during the month of March as PACE clients and other low income City residents will be voting at the Main Office of PACE at 166 William Street during regular business hours. Any low income resident of New Bedford is eligible to vote in this new election process and may request a ballot any time during regular business hours during the month of March. Proof of low income status is required for low income voters who are not clients of a PACE program. Low Income Board representatives are eligible for a $25 stipend for each Board meeting attended to cover transportation and child care costs……..”

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Around SouthCoast, low prices of gas, heating oil has a ripple effect

Around SouthCoast, low prices of gas, heating oil has a ripple effect

“…Prices are also lower than in recent years for home heating fuel; according to for the week of Dec. 29, the average price for a gallon of oil in Massachusetts was $2.13. That’s about half what it was a few years ago.

And that’s good news, according to Bruce Morrell, executive director of PACE, which, through its fuel assistance program, provides home heating funds to 13,000 lower income Greater New Bedford households.

Morrell said PACE paid $1.67 per gallon for its order of oil last week.

“These prices are a tremendous help for our clients and it looks like we’ll be able to nearly triple the amount of oil we can purchase for them compared to a couple years ago,” Morrell said.

Fewer residents than normal have been asking for help from PACE in the past month and Morrell attributes this to the mild December temperatures.

“We know the tough times will be coming in January and February but with these prices, we’re in good shape to help a lot of people,” Morrell said….”

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New Bedford’s PACE Youthbuild receives $1M federal grant

“Local non-profit People Acting In Community Endeavors (PACE) Inc. has received a million dollar federal grant that will allow it to continue to help educate at-risk high school dropouts.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Labor announced 72 YouthBuild grants totaling $75.7 million to expand second chances for at-risk youth in 31 states and the District of Columbia. The private New Bedford nonprofit is the only SouthCoast recipient and garnered $1,003,047, according to a news release.

“I am absolutely ecstatic because that will keep this program going for several more years where we were worried if we would have the funding to continue it,” said Nancy A. Feeney, vice president of PACE Inc.’s board of directors.”

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