Category Archives: IAC In The News

Immigrants’ Assistance Center, MassHire partner to offer training to new citizens

NEW BEDFORD — The Immigrants’ Assistance Center received a $23,000 capital grant from the Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation to establish a technology-based learning environment for English language, citizenship classes, and workplace readiness training. The IAC and Mass Hire Greater New Bedford Career Center have formed the first Citizenship and Workforce Readiness program, according… Continue Reading

Community leaders excited about future of New Bedford schools

NEW BEDFORD — Visioning sessions are underway to help New Bedford Public Schools develop a new district plan. A few community leaders invited to the meetings who spoke with The Standard-Times said they’re pleased with how they’ve been arranged, noting they’re inclusive and comprehensive, with students, parents, school staff and community members present. The three-hour… Continue Reading

Press Release: Citizenship and Workforce Readiness Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Helena DaSilva Hughes Phone:  508.996.8113                         Immigrants’ Assistance Center and MassHire Greater New Bedford Career Center form workforce training partnership program for new U.S. citizens   New Bedford, MA, March 1, 2019  – The Immigrants’ Assistance Center, Inc. (IAC) received… Continue Reading

‘American Dream’ realized for 28 people in New Bedford

‘American Dream’ realized for 28 people in New Bedford

NEW BEDFORD — Francisco Lopes Pereira has lived in the United States for about 30 years. The 65-year-old from Cape Verde has a car. He’s also a homeowner. A single sheet of paper, though, surpassed it all Friday within the Immigrants Assistance Center. It was Lopes Pereira’s certificate of naturalization. “The citizenship is the last… Continue Reading

Immigrants’ Assistance Center fundraiser raises about $23K

Immigrants’ Assistance Center fundraiser raises about $23K

NEW BEDFORD — The Immigrants’ Assistance Center Summer Fundraiser at the Madeiran Heritage Museum raised about $23,000 to provide crucial services to local immigrant families. The center’s executive director, Helena da Silva Hughes, said the funds will be used to educate immigrant families about their rights, help them prepare for emergencies and guide them on… Continue Reading

IAC’s Helena Hughes receives BCC’s Distinguished Citizen Award

IAC’s Helena Hughes receives BCC’s Distinguished Citizen Award

Immigrants’ Assistance Center Executive Director Helena Hughes was recently presented with the 2018 Distinguished Citizens Award by Bristol Community College in recognition of her commitment to serve as a resource for immigrant needs and developing programs that contribute to the community’s collective prosperity. “Your limitless skills, commitment and energy have strengthened our region with inclusivity,… Continue Reading

Local immigrant advocates see pain of separated families

Local immigrant advocates see pain of separated families

NEW BEDFORD — Corinn Williams of the Community Economic Development Center said her office is just beginning to deal with the problem of families being affected by separations at the border. “These folks have a legitimate claim for asylum” and wouldn’t leave everything behind in their home country if they didn’t, Williams said. “We’re talking… Continue Reading

Immigrants’ Assistance Center honors Laurie Bullard

Immigrants’ Assistance Center honors Laurie Bullard

The Immigrants’ Assistance Center presented its inaugural Laurie Bullard Award for “relentless advocacy and unwavering devotion to the immigrant community” to Laurie Bullard, formerly of New Bedford and now of Westport, on Friday. From late 2016 through early 2018, the IAC experienced a 35 percent increase in the need for services to more than 9,000… Continue Reading