New Bedford Community Connections Coalition

New Bedford Community Connections Coalition has been a United Way of Greater New Bedford Program for nearly 2 decades. The primary mission of NBCCC is to take a leadership role within the City of New Bedford in facilitating collaborative strategies to build neighborhood-based networks of family support to prevent child abuse and neglect, strengthen families and build healthier communities. Through our Family Resource and Development Center we have served hundreds of families that have needed support in providing the basic needs for themselves and their children. We have also created opportunities for parents to have positive interactions with their children through activities such as parent/child play groups, parent education groups and events such as attending the day at the Boston Children’s Museum and Fathers/Family Fun Day at the Buttonwood Zoo.

We believe “it takes a village to raise a child” and together, with our partners that the resources and supports will be provided that are necessary to strengthen and nurture our children, families, and neighborhoods.

To learn more about New Bedford Community Connections visit


Family Resource and Development Center

Massachusetts Family Resource Centers (FRCs) are a statewide network of community-based providers offering multi-cultural parenting programs, support groups, early childhood services, information and referral resources and education for families whose children range in age from birth to 18 years of age. United Way’s Family Resource and Development Center is one of the 14 FRCs in Massachusetts. FRCs are located across the state to provide easy access to information and assistance related to health care, safety, employment training, education and peer support. The goal of FRCs is to support families to strengthen their bonds, connect to others, and engage in their community. Our core values are: RESPECT, TRUST, SAFETY, WELLNESS, CARING, CONNECTIVITY, and EDUCATION. To learn more about Family Resource Centers, visit their website at

Each month there are a number of activities for families at our Family Resource and Development Center:

Parenting Circle Support Group – Wednesdays 9-10:30 am

Do you struggle with managing your child’s behavior? Is your child struggling in school? Does your child seem stressed, overwhelmed, or overly emotional? Sometimes navigating today’s challenges for this age group can be difficult. Come join a group of parents just like yourself! This support group will focus on parent-to-parent support and managing the stress of parenting children during this in-between age group.
Nurturing Fathers Education Group – Wednesdays 5:30-8pm

Educational group for fathers. Please call us at 508-994-4521 to find out when our next cycle begins.

Nurturing Fathers Support Group – Wednesdays 5:30 -7pm

Support group for fathers graduated from our Nurturing Fathers Education Group.

South End Sister Circle at Ben Rose- 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month 1-2:30pm

Calling all south end mothers to share thoughts, ideas, and sisterhood. 35 Delano Street, New Bedford, MA

Who Rows Your Boat- Youth Therapy Group – Wednesdays 10-noon

This is a cognitive behavioral therapy group for teens which helps clients restructure their thinking and learn to make positive choices, take responsibility for those choices and learn new healthy behaviors. The group helps teenagers look at what or who is making their decisions or rowing their boat. Are they going gently down the stream or rocking down the stream.

Parenting Wisely – Call for information & dates
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren – 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month 5:30 -7pm
Teen Support Group – Fridays 5-7pm at Ben Rose


* All groups take place at 128 Union St. 3rd Floor unless otherwise specified.