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Our Story

PAACA began in the basement of what was then St. Anne’s Rectory in the South end of New Bedford. A group of caring individuals, who happened to be recovering from addiction, decided to take Positive Action and do something to promote recovery in the City. They did this by providing a connection to those seeking to find recovery one person at a time, one day at a time, sharing their experience, strength and hope. From that point on, tens of thousands of lives have been touched directly and indirectly by their work and the work of those who followed.

Over the years, the agency has expanded its reach and scope to better serve the community by adding empowerment programs that build hope like youth development, employment and training, housing, education and support programs. That work doesn’t happen without hundreds of volunteers, staff, government leaders, law enforcement, educators, and clergy who have been working tirelessly with PAACA to make HOPE happen.

Our Staff

Carl Alves

Jamie Casey
Adult Services Director/Operations Manager

Stephen Fernandes
Finance Manager

Terri Belliveau
Youth Services Director

Rich Giordano
Transporation Manager

Wendy Tolley
Lead Case Manager

Sean Fitzgerald
Business Development

PAACA  is  a  501(c)3  Non-Profit  Organization  that
helps  men,  women and young  people who struggle
with addiction, alcoholism or any other life-controlling
Positive Action Against Chemical Addiction, Inc
Phone: (508) 997-9051 (Adult Services)
Phone: (508) 979-1580 (Youth Services)
Fax: (508) 991-6233
360 Coggeshall Street
New Bedford, MA 02746

© 2017 Positive Action Against Chemical Addiction, Inc