What's New at MAPS?
June 18, 2013
A new Director will assume leadership of two key programs this summer at the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS), according to the health and social service organization’s Executive Director, Paulo Pinto, MPA. Pinto announced that Dulce Almeida Ferreira, MA, will be promoted to the Directorship of the MAPS Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Program on July 1 following the retirement of current Director Osvalda Rodrigues, MA at the end of June. Later in the summer, Ferreira will also take over the agency’s Immigrant Integration Services Program from Beatriz Carvalho Maimone, LICSW, Director of Clinical and Support Services. [→]
June 17, 2013
Thousands of people gathered on the streets of Boston on June 8 for the 2013 Pride Parade. Men, women, and children celebrated diversity and supported equal rights, either by marching or cheering on the many floats that filled the capital of the state with rainbow colors. The Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS) maintained the tradition of making a grand finale—its float closed the parade as usual, playing upbeat music from Portuguese-speaking countries and attracting many viewers to follow along. [→]
June 17, 2013
The Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS) will offer two community health fairs in June, with a wide variety of free services. The events will take place as follows:
Tuesday, June 18, from 12 to 4 pm, at MAPS Lowell Office (11 Mill Street) – MAPS will be joining the Lowell Community Health Center to provide blood pressure and diabetes testing. The health fair will also include presentations from the Visiting Nurse Association of Lowell on pulmonary diseases, heart failure and diabetes, and from the Caregiver Home of Massachusetts on compensation and support for home-based care. For more information, please call (978) 970-1250.
Saturday, June 22, from 9 to 2 pm, at the CPCU Credit Union Somerville Branch (493 Somerville Avenue) – In partnership with CPCU Credit Union, MAPS will be offering social services information and health screenings, which will include prevention, education, and testing for HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). All tests are free, safe, and confidential, and the HIV test results come out within only 10 minutes. For information, please call (617) 787-0557.
May 17, 2013
MAPS celebrates the creation of three new Funds as the MAPS Endowment approaches its goal of $250,000 and completes its 10th anniversary year on June 30th.
MAPS created its Endowment in Fiscal Year 2003 to engage in long-term financial planning, and to help develop programs vital to the community. As a non-profit organization, the agency depends to a large degree on government grants and contracts to fund services and operations.
“Often this leads to gaps in services because the contracts dictate what services and communities they would like to cover,” said Paulo Pinto, MPA, MAPS Executive Director. “Programs for the elderly, children and immigrants in general are often overlooked.”
The MAPS Endowment currently includes 17 different funds totaling more than $234,000 as of March 2013, including three that were just created: the Sal Couto Family Fund, to support Elder Services; the Carlos Lima Family Fund, to support Citizenship and Civic Activism; and the Joe and Dorothy Chaves Family Fund, for Citizenship Services. [→]
May 16, 2013
The Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS) will offer a free US Citizenship Clinic for naturalization information and application assistance in Brighton, on May 23, in partnership with the Brazilian Women’s Group. The event is part of a series of drives being organized by MAPS within the Greater Boston Citizenship Initiative (GBCI), a collaboration of community partners funded by a grant from the Fish Family Foundation. For information, please call Paula Bronzoni at (617) 787-0557 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. [→]
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