In 1982, PACE was incorporated as a private non-profit Community Action Agency in response to essential services needed in the Greater New Bedford Area.
Today, PACE operates more than 10 programs and employs over 150 staff members. PACE manages a budget of over 72 million dollars which comes from a variety of sources including city, state, federal, and private foundations, and individual donors.
It is the mission of PACE to deliver innovative and effective services and programs to members of the Greater New Bedford Community in their pursuit of brighter futures.
Our programs tackle some of the barriers that often come with earning a low income including early childhood education, food stability, housing and health insurance.
PACE programs include:
Director of Human Resources
Director of Finance
Director of Development/Marketing
Director of Community Impact
Board of Directors
Board Meeting Schedule
October 10, 2023
November 14, 2023
December 2023 (No meeting, Holiday Recess)
January 09, 2024
February 13, 2024
March 12, 2024
April 09, 2024
May 14, 2024
June 11, 2024
July 2024 (No meeting, Summer Recess)
August 2024 (No meeting, Summer Recess)
September 10, 2024
October 08, 2024
November 12, 2024
December 2024 (No meeting, Holiday Recess)
Mission & History
PACE was incorporated as a private non-profit Community Action Agency in 1982. The organization aims 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.
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 organization of limited funds and staff grew into an agency that managed a multi-million dollar budget within the first five years. This non-profit's focus was to promote self-help for people and neighborhoods in our community. PACE Inc. has developed a reputation of responding to the community needs, providing high quality programs for low income people, developing innovative strategies for empowering people and working cooperatively with both the non-profit and for profit communities.
PACE remains committed 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.