Mission & History
People Acting In Community Endeavors (PACE Inc.) was incorporated in 1982. The purpose of the incorporation was to mobilize and utilize both public and private resources to affect the improvement of the economic and social quality of life for low income residents of the Greater New Bedford area. Since its inception, PACE Inc. has developed a reputation of responding to community needs, providing high quality programs for low income people, developing innovative strategies for empowering poor people and working cooperatively with both the non-profit and for profit communities.
The mission of PACE is to develop strategies and to mobilize resources to alleviate poverty in New Bedford. PACE strives to take a leadership role in developing new programs and initiatives in order to increase the status and economic self-sufficiency of low-income residents in New Bedford and surrounding communities. Further, PACE aims to increase awareness among low-income people, public officials, media and the general public regarding the causes and impact of poverty on the lives of low-income people.
PACE was incorporated as a private non-profit Community Action Agency in 1982 in response to needed services in the Greater New Bedford Area. A twenty-one member Board of Directors was established as a result of a number of community meetings held for the purpose of forming a new agency. This new Board of Directors elected its first President, Kenneth N. DeSilva, who served for the maximum period allowed under the Boards’ bylaws of ten years.
The nascent organization of limited funds and staff in grew into a multi-million dollar agency in five years’ time. Its focus was to promote self-help for people and neighborhoods. Today, PACE operates more than nineteen programs with a budget of over thirty-five million dollars annually and over 200 employees. The agency now assists more than 40,000 individuals annually.