RISBJ Staff | Jan 17, 2017
BayCoast Bank provides $50,000 grant to Nemasket Group – funds help organization open new facilities in Mattapoisett
MATTAPOISETT and SWANSEA, MA – BayCoast Bank (http://baycoastbank.com) recently helped Nemasket Group celebrate the opening of its new Mattapoisett facilities with a grant for $50,000 over a three-year period.
Patricia Janiak, Director of Development for Nemasket Group, explained that structural issues with their previous location in Fairhaven, coupled with the need for additional space, prompted the search for a new site.
Nemasket Group received state funding earlier this year from MassDevelopment in the form of a bond, and the organization undertook a capital campaign to cover remaining costs of its relocation. BayCoast Bank’s pledge is in response to this capital campaign.
“We are so grateful to BayCoast Bank for their leadership and generosity,” said Janiak. She added, “The new facility will allow us to better serve the individuals in our programs, and the new site gives us plenty of space to provide training and workshops for parents and professionals in the Greater New Bedford Area.”
After renting the Job C. Tripp School in Fairhaven for the past 30 years, the Nemasket Group now occupies three commercial condominiums at The Pines, 109 Fairhaven Road, Mattapoisett. She added, “In this new space, the staff looks forward to expanding its mission to help individuals with disabilities lead meaningful and successful lives.”
The Nemasket Group began in 1984 when a group of families came together with a common goal: to ensure that their sons and daughters had a future which included working and fully participating in their community. With the help from friends, families, local officials and state agencies, the organization began by helping 19 individuals. Today, the Nemasket Group serves over 400 adults, children and families with significant disabilities or chronic medical issues in the Greater New Bedford Area. The Nemasket Group offers personalized supports to families and individuals with disabilities to live, work and develop relationships within their communities. Most of the agency’s adult members work in local businesses in a variety of jobs including landscaping, medical support services, banking, industrial manufacturing, materials handling and food services.
Nicholas Christ, President and CEO of BayCoast Bank, said, “We congratulate the Nemasket Group for the tremendous success it has achieved in accomplishing their mission. The Nemasket Group has not only provided important services to families and individuals with disabilities, but its work has benefitted the general community as well. BayCoast Bank is proud to support this Capital Campaign to enable the organization to continue to grow and expand its services.”