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Remembering Father Ferreira

January 30, 2015


Passing on sad news just posted by Bob Hutchins at Rogers Funeral Home. Father Jose Ferreira, longtime former pastor of St. Anthony’s Church in Cambridge, has passed away in Portugal. A memorial service is being planned at St. Anthony’s for sometime next weekend. Please watch for details at

Father Ferreira was very supportive of MAPS and the Portuguese-speaking community. At the 2007 MAPS Awards Gala, we presented him with the Mary & Manuel Rogers Lifetime Community Service Award on the occasion of his retirement, as shown in the accompanying photo taken by He’ll be missed.

Welcome Back!

January 28, 2015

Things were getting back to normal by Wednesday afternoon in most locations.

Things were getting back to normal by Wednesday afternoon in most locations.

All MAPS offices and services re-opened at 1 pm on Wednesday, January 28th, following the blizzard of Monday night and Tuesday. We hope all our community members stayed safe and did not run into too many issues with the storm.

If you are still having storm-related problems, or need any other services, please contact the closest MAPS office and we may be able to give you helpful information.

MAPS Offices to be Closed Tuesday and Reopen Wednesday at 1 pm as State Prepares for Blizzard

January 26, 2015

It might be looking like this outside by tomorrow night--but maybe with more snow!

It might be looking like this outside by tomorrow night–but maybe with more snow!

Due to the impending blizzard predicted for late today and into Wednesday morning, all MAPS offices will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, January 27th, and will reopen at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, January 28th. The following groups and events are also cancelled:

  • Driver Alcohol Education Group (MAPS Somerville Office) -  1/26 and 1/27
  • Batterer Intervention Group (MAPS Somerville Office) - 1/27
  • Free Walk-InHealth Clinic (MAPS Somerville Office) – 1/27
  • Citizenship and Health Insurance Enrollment Assistance Drive (MAPS Cambridge Office) – 1/28

We are sorry for any inconvenience.  Please contact the appropriate office at MAPS for rescheduled dates or other information after 1 pm on Wednesday.

More Information on the Storm
Please stay safe during this serious storm, which is predicted to include heavy snow, high winds and possible downed trees as well as possible power outages in some locations. Here are some links to more information on closings, travel and parking bans, etc.: (Please click the arrow to continue) [→]

MAPS Announces New Board of Directors Officers, Led by President Paula Coutinho

January 22, 2015

Paula Coutinho, Board President

Paula Coutinho,
Board President

The Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS) has announced the election of its four officers for 2015. Two women and two men representing the Brazilian, Cabo Verdean and Portuguese communities will be leading the Board of Directors of the private, non-profit health and social services organization.

Paula C. Coutinho, LICSW, of Pawtucket, RI, is the new Board President. Coutinho is a native of Portugal of Cabo Verdean descent who works as the Field Education Coordinator for the School of Social Work at the Rhode Island College. She has previously served as the Board of Directors Vice-President, and is a former Clinician at Cambridge Health Alliance and MAPS employee. [→]

MAPS Announces First Citizenship & Health Insurance Assistance Days for 2015

January 16, 2015

Agency reminds community of Open Enrollment Period February 15 deadline

General ENThe Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS) will continue with its successful Citizenship & Health Insurance Assistance Days in 2015, starting with some just-announced dates in January and February. The free events include US Citizenship Clinics for naturalization information and application assistance, as well as help enrolling applicants into new health insurance plans in accordance with the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Open Enrollment Period to enroll in health insurance programs through the Massachusetts Health Connector ends on February 15. [→]

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