Employment & Training

LifeStream’s Employment & Training Division has a 20-year tradition of successfully assisting economically disadvantaged people find and maintain career employment.

Our philosophy is grounded in building strong employer and employee relationships through continuous communication, training, and community involvement.

LifeStream is the primary provider of the Comprehensive Integrated Employment Services (CIES) program in Greater New Bedford, assisting Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) recipients in seeking employment as well as training them for the workplace. We provide numerous services to help you get started and stay on track, including:

  • Job readiness training
  • Job placement assistance
  • Workplace counseling
  • Job retention assistance

Individuals will spend 30 hours per week in the training program, which is similar to a daily work environment. Topics include time sheets, proper dress, general health, and nutrition.

We offer guidance on workplace behavior, balancing work and home life, improving language and math skills, preparing resumes, interviewing skills and job search techniques. We identify skills, strengths and current issues related to keeping a job. Most importantly, we will work with individuals to create a personalized Employability Development Plan that will identify at least three job choices that we feel are a good match for each individual.

Lifestream staff will work with P.A.C.E. and case workers from the DTA to provide childcare and transportation reimbursement.

For more information, please email Sally Pepin at spepin@lifestreaminc.com, or call (508) 991-4503 ext. 5012.

For those visiting our office at 174 Union Street in New Bedford, please note the following:


Metered parking is available around the building at $. 25 per twenty minutes.

Free parking is as follows:

Continue on Acushnet Avenue past the Zeiterion Garage and take that immediate right onto School Street and quick left into the parking lot labeled for Union Square Tenants, behind the Lounge Building.

Please bring your car plate number to the office to secure parking and avoid a ticket.


Walk back to the Union Square Bldg. at the corner of Acushnet Ave. and Spring Street.

Enter at the Union Square door facing Spring Street

Take the elevator or stairs to 3rd floor.  LifeStream is clearly marked and receptionist available.

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