What's New at MAPS?
November 25, 2015
The Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS) invites community members to a special World AIDS Day commemoration event that will take place on December 4th, from 6 to 9 PM, at the organization’s Cambridge office, located at 1046 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA 02139. Besides a cocktail hour with tasty food, cheerful music and multimedia presentations, the event will feature an open round table discussion about HIV, its myths and ways to prevent the spreading of the disease.
“It is very important that, throughout the year, but especially during the World AIDS Day commemorations, we shine a light on this topic and reinforce the fact that HIV/AIDS is no longer a death sentence,” said Milena Mello, MS, Director of MAPS HIV/STI Prevention and Screening Services. “The most important step is knowing your HIV/STI status. From there, we can put you on a path of recovery and health,” she added. [→]
November 23, 2015
MAPS wishes all its supporters and community members a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and family!
Thanksgiving Closings: Please note that all of our offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 26 and 27, as we celebrate Thanksgiving with our families. MAPS will reopen on Monday, November 30. ______________________________________________________
Why we’re thankful: We feel extremely thankful and privileged to have served nearly 15,000 individuals this past fiscal year, providing them with help they truly needed. We’ve been busy expanding our hours and services, holding regular Citizenship Assistance Days, helping domestic violence and sexual assault survivors lead lives without fear, assisting new immigrants with a host of services, and much more. Our staff and Board have been building a brighter future for so many, and we want to take this time to say thank you for your support!
We need your help: Demand for our help continues to grow.If you want to give HOPE to many in need by donating to MAPS, please visit our Donation Page - or call (617) 864-7600 for assistance. Your gift helps, we promise you!
November 18, 2015
David Simas, Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of Political Strategy and Outreach. MAPS 2016 Person of the Year
David Simas, a top advisor to President Barack Obama and human rights advocate who previously served under former Massachusetts Governor Deval L. Patrick, heads the list of five distinguished individuals to be honored at the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS) 2016 Awards Gala, according to the Cambridge-based health and social service organization. The event will take place next April 9th at the Royal Sonesta Boston in Cambridge, MA.
November 13, 2015
MAPS is proud to support and take part on this year’s edition of Giving Tuesday Somerville, a joint fundraising event that brings together 14 different non-profit organizations of Somerville, as part of the international Giving Tuesday program.
Participating Organizations: Boys and Girls Clubs of Middlesex County Inc. Center for Arts at the Armory Community Action Agency of Somerville Inc. (CAAS) Groundwork Somerville Inc. Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers Inc. (MAPS) Mystic Learning Center Inc. RESPOND Inc. SCM Community Transportation Inc. Second Chances Inc. Somerville Community Access Television Inc. (SCATV) Somerville Community Corporation Inc. (SCC) Somerville Homeless Coalition Incorporated Somerville Local First (fiscally sponsored by Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts Inc.) Welcome Project Inc. [→]
November 13, 2015
Claudinei Desouza, Case Worker and Framingham Office Manager
The Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS) is expanding service hours at its Framingham office, located at 24 Union Avenue, Suites 8 & 10, to better serve the large population of Portuguese speakers who live and work in Framingham and surrounding areas. Effective Monday, Nov. 16, the office will be open on Mondays from 1-6 PM, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 AM-2 PM, Thursdays from 1-6 PM and Fridays from 1-5 PM.
The non-profit health and social service organization has also re-activated its Framingham-area HIV/STI Prevention & Screening Program, and will also begin offering linguistically and culturally competent outreach and assistance for victims/survivors of domestic violence (DV) and sexual assault (SA) in Framingham for the first time.
A new full-time, bilingual DV/SA Advocate will provide services free of charge under a recent grant from the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) starting Nov. 15th. Like all MAPS services, DV/SA assistance and HIV/STI services are fully confidential. [→]
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