Community Calendar

Upcoming Events:

MAPS Free Walk-In Health Clinic: May 22, 2015 - 4:00 pm
MAPS Free Walk-In Health Clinic: May 26, 2015 - 5:00 pm
MAPS Board of Directors Meeting: May 26, 2015 - 6:00 pm
Exsultemos Choir: May 26, 2015 - 7:00 pm

What's New at MAPS?

“Cordel do Abraço” earns MAPS employee Robson Lemos the Brazilian Press Award for Best Video

May 18, 2015


We would like to congratulate our Men’s Health Educator and actor extraordinaire, Robson Lemos, for winning the Brazilian Press Award for Best Video for “Cordel do Abraço”, a satirical tale about the myths surrounding HIV and the importance of prevention and safe sex. The video was originally created as a special play for the MAPS 2013 World AIDS Day event.

Robson has been a part of the MAPS HIV/ STI Prevention and Screening Services for almost two years now and works side-by-side with other Men’s Health Educators, Alvaro Santo, Anderson Pinto, Murillo Duarte, Gabriel Roncancio, with Jesse Rezende, Health Communications and Data Coordinator and Milena Mello, Director of the MAPS HIV/ STI Prevention and Screening Services.

Please join us in congratulating Robson!

Here is the video:

O Cordel do Abraço

MAPS Announces New Citizenship & Health Insurance Assistance Days for May and June

May 12, 2015

The Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS) will offer six new Citizenship & Health Insurance Assistance Days in May and June, continuing its highly successful series of free events. Participants will find information and assistance on the US Citizenship application process, as well as help enrolling applicants into new health insurance plans in accordance with the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The upcoming MAPS Citizenship & Health Insurance Assistance Days will take place as follows:

• Thursday, May 14, 4-8 pm: MAPS Brighton Office, 697 Cambridge St., Suite 203 – (617) 787-0557;

• Wednesday, May 20, 4-8 pm: MAPS Cambridge Office, 1046 Cambridge Street – (617) 864-7600;

• Wednesday, May 27, 4-8 pm: MAPS Somerville Office, 92 Union Square – (617) 764-2091; [→]

MAPS Advocates Receive CLSACC Award

May 5, 2015

MAPS Advocates Dulce Depina and Fania Resendes

MAPS Advocates Dulce DePina and Fania Resendes

Congratulations to our talented and dedicated advocates Dulce DePina and Fania Resendes on their recognition by the Community Legal Services and Counseling Center (CLSACC), which honored them with the Dr. Joseph H. Brenner Award! CLSACC’s 2015 Volunteer Appreciation event took place April 27 at Lesley University, with remarks by The Honorable Ralph D. Gants, Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

According to the CLSACC, “in working with CLSACC staff and volunteers, Dulce and Fania each support their clients through the legal process. They become an integral part of an advocacy effort from intake to resolution. They are always available to interpret, explain, gather documents, and perform any task needed to get the job done.” [→]

Paulo Pinto Named Finalist for MNN Nonprofit Excellence Award!

May 4, 2015


Paulo Pinto

Paulo Pinto

MAPS is thrilled to announce that our Executive Director, Paulo Pinto, MPA, has been selected as a finalist of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network’s (MNN’s) 2015 Nonprofit Excellence Award in the Leadership Category! The Excellence Awards are presented annually at the State House on Nonprofit Awareness Day, a state holiday signed into law by Governor Deval Patrick in 2007. This year’s celebration will be held on Monday, June 8, 10am-1pm. [→]

MAPS Honors 5 Community Leaders and Celebrates Community Success at Elegant Waterfront Fundraising Gala

April 24, 2015

Award Recipients and Presenters (photo by Amelia Andrade)Inspiring words, spirited musical performances and elegant gold-themed surroundings marked the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers’ (MAPS’) 2015 Awards Gala on April 18th at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel. The annual black tie-optional event—complete with red carpet paparazzi welcome, banquet, and awards ceremony—attracted more than 400 community members, business leaders and area officials to raise $133,000 for MAPS’ culturally and linguistically competent health and social services for Portuguese speakers. [→]

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