Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers Mon, 22 May 2017 20:39:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 MAPS Offers Free HIV/STI Tests out of Cambridge Office Mon, 22 May 2017 13:43:57 +0000 T7T_1968The Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS) is now offering free, quick and confidential HIV and STI (Sexually Transmitted Infections) tests out of its Cambridge office, located on 1046 Cambridge Street, every Wednesday, from 3 to 5 pm.

Cambridge clients looking to find out their HIV/ STI status can now visit the organization’s Cambridge office, with no need for a scheduled appointment, and meet with a Community Health Worker who has been trained and certified to provide the service in a safe and confidential setting. Accommodations can also be arranged for group testing and on-site testing by contacting the organization.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer this important community service to the population in Cambridge and surrounding areas,” said Milena Mello, MAPS Director of HIV/ STI Services. “It’s crucial that people know that a positive diagnosis is no longer a death sentence, and that by finding out their status and taking steps to prevent infection will keep their families and loved ones safe, as well as the community in general.”

With the expansion of this crucial service to the Cambridge office, the health and social services organization now offers free HIV/ STI tests out of all its six offices.

huivclinicsThe tests are now available in Lowell (11 Mill Street) every Monday, from 4 to 6 PM; in Dorchester (1 Stoughton Street) every Monday, from 4 to 6 PM; in Somerville (92 Union Square) every Tuesday, from 4 to 6 PM; in Cambridge (1046 Cambridge Street) every Wednesday, from 3 to 5 PM; in Framingham (24 Union Avenue) every Thursday, from 4 to 6 PM; and in Brighton (697 Cambridge Street, Suite 203) every Friday, from 4 to 6 PM.

Besides the tests, clients will also be offered a personalized risk reduction plan, access and linkage for their health care needs, case management and referrals, and assistance if living with HIV/AIDS/STI or Hepatitis.

The MAPS HIV/ STI Program is funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), MA Dept. of Public Health, and the Boston Public Health Commission.

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Child & Family Counselor Greater Boston Full-Time (minimum 35 hours per week) Thu, 04 May 2017 20:56:31 +0000 This position provides assessment, case management and crisis intervention services for Portuguese speaking families and children at-risk for abuse and neglect.  The primary responsibilities of this flexible position:

  1. Treatment plan and assesses client needs, makes appropriate referrals to legal, medical, social and other services
  2. Advocates and provides services in areas of child protection,  mental health
  3. Provides translation for assessment and treatment plan
  4. In Home Therapy visits with clients in their homes or placements
  5. Identifies resources for client referrals
  6. Maintains client data and prepares reports
  7. Participates in in-service training programs
  8.  Completes all documentation required for client files
  9. Required to participate in organizational fundraisers
  10.  Maintain flexible work schedule that will include evening and weekend hours.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Social Work or related field required, experience in social and community services, Bilingual/Bicultural in Cape Verdean creole, Portuguese and English.  Start salary range commensurable with experience and education: $38,000 to $42,000, plus excellent benefit package.


To apply for this position, please send resume and cover letter to:


MAPS Personnel Office

1046 Cambridge St.

Cambridge, MA 02139


or via fax to 617-864-7621

For more information:

 Affirmative Action/EOE

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Sold-Out MAPS 2017 Awards Gala Raises Record Funding and Honors Inspirational Leaders Thu, 04 May 2017 15:10:06 +0000 Gala guests enjoy the after-party

Gala guests enjoy the after-party

An exciting evening of inspiring award recipients, cultural entertainment, glamorous red carpet arrival, silent and live auctions and an elegant banquet helped the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS) raise a record of approximately $180,000 at the nonprofit organization’s 2017 Awards Gala in Cambridge on April 29th.

Larry Fish, MAPS 2017 Person of the Year

Larry Fish, MAPS 2017 Person of the Year

MAPS presented its Person of the Year Award to Lawrence (Larry) K. Fish, founder and chairman of the Fish Family Foundation, in recognition of his outstanding financial career, and his steadfast support of MAPS and many other organizations working with immigrant communities – both personally and through the Fish Family Foundation. Mr. Fish worked and lived in Brazil for several years and speaks fluent Portuguese. His continued support has allowed MAPS to assist thousands of immigrants in becoming U.S. citizens.

Speaking in Portuguese to an audience of more than 440 community and business leaders, as well as public dignitaries, Fish thanked MAPS for the recognition, and his family and the staff at the Foundation for all the support, highlighting the work they do. “I deeply believe that the more you give, the happier you get.”

“Thanks to their ongoing grants, MAPS and other community partners have been able to assist more than 18,000 immigrants from 152 countries of origin—including many Portuguese speakers,” said Paula Coutinho, MAPS Board President. “MAPS alone helped more than 400 people to become naturalized U.S. citizens in 2016, with funding support from the Fish Family Foundation.”

Dr. Briony Varda, representing Project Health CV, MAPS Outstanding Volunteer Award

Dr. Briony Varda, representing Project Health CV, MAPS Outstanding Volunteer Award

Project Health CV, a non-profit medical aid group who makes yearly visits to Hospital Regional Santiago Norte and Hospital Agostinho Neto, in Cabo Verde, with a variety of medical specialists, was awarded the MAPS Manuel N. Coutinho Oustanding Volunteer Award. The non-profit organization was founded in 2009 by medical staff from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to address, educate, coordinate and provide medical as well as specialized surgical services in Cape Verde. Speaking on behalf of the group, Briony Varda, MD, pointed out some of the successes of the group, and announced the expansion of the number of medical specialties they will be able to bring over to Cabo Verde on their next mission. “We appreciate this award and we thank you again so much for the support”, said Dr. Varda.

John B. Cruz, III, MAPS 2017 Outstanding Business Award

John B. Cruz, III, MAPS 2017 Outstanding Business Award

John B. Cruz, III was honored with the MAPS Alvaro Lima Outstanding Business Award. The grandson of first generation immigrants from Cabo Verde, Cruz is the president of Cruz Companies, which includes the John B. Cruz Construction Company, one of the leading minority-owned construction firms in the nation, as well as Cruz Development Corporation and Cruz Management Co.

Remembering the values of hard work and community engagement instilled in him by his father, John B. Cruz Jr., fondly known as “Bertie”, Cruz said that his company has always made a point of providing well-paying jobs, contracting with other minority-owned businesses, building affordable housing and, through their nonprofit Cruz Cares unit, supporting community programs that help children, youth, and others. “As a Cabo Verdean businessman, my father faced prejudice, outright racism, and other challenges,” Cruz said. “He used to say you had to work twice as hard to get half as much. I know my father’s spirit is still with us and we’ll carry that spirit into the next century.”

Ana Nava, PhD, LICSW, MAPS 2017 Lifetime Community Service Award

Ana Nava, PhD, LICSW, MAPS 2017 Lifetime Community Service Award

Ana Nava, Phd, LICSW, who has provided critical mental health services for Portuguese speakers in the Cambridge-Somerville area for more than 32 years, received the MAPS Mary & Manuel Rogers Lifetime Community Service Award. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at the Cambridge Heath Alliance, a Team Leader for the Portuguese Mental Health Clinic located at the East Cambridge Health Center, and provides clinical services at the Outpatient Addiction Services at Central Street in Somerville. Born in the Azores, Portugal, Nava’s own experiences as an immigrant marked her career choices and her continued dedication to the Portuguese-speaking communities. From 2002 to 2007, she was the Director of Clinical Services at MAPS, where she managed and supervised the Domestic Violence, Batterer Intervention, Driver Alcohol Education and Family Services programs.

Thanking MAPS for the recognition, Nava called for an end to the stigma often associated with mental health and addiction issues. “It is well documented that, when we talk to others about our concerns, we feel better,” she said.

Father Volmar Scaravelli, MAPS 2017 Community Service Award

Father Volmar Scaravelli, MAPS 2017 Community Service Award

The MAPS Jorge Fidalgo Community Service Award was presented to Father Volmar Scaravelli, Pastor of St. Tarcisius Church, in Framingham. Of Brazilian nationality and the grandson of Italian immigrants, Scaravelli was ordained a priest in 1982, and his ministry initially took him to Argentina, where he started his work with border immigrants on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. During this period, he worked with Pope Francis, when he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires. In 2012, along with an active Brazilian Community, Scaravelli founded BRACE – the Brazilian American Center, a non-profit organization that provides information and assistance in areas such as education, health, advocacy, legal referrals, sports, dance and exercise classes, job placement and housing assistance to immigrant communities.

Dedicating his award to “everyone who helped build BRACE”, Scaravelli reminded the audience of the importance of caring for our “immigrant brothers and sisters” and of preserving immigrant’s values and cultural identities.

Executive Director Paulo Pinto and Board President Paula Coutinho congratulated all the honorees and gave special thanks to all the staff, Board members, business sponsors, media sponsors, advertisers, donors, guests and entertainers who made the Gala a great success.

Paulo Pinto, MPA, MAPS Executive Director

Paulo Pinto, MPA, MAPS Executive Director

“I have many reasons to say thank you in the most profound way possible, because MAPS is nothing but a collection of people interconnected by a desire to do good for those around us and across the world,” said Pinto. “The MAPS Awards Gala continues to be a celebration of a united and highly diverse community’s pride, success and identity, coming together to raise critical funding in order to help those less fortunate and marginalized members of our communities.  As always, when we unite as a community as we do here tonight, the possibilities are endless and powerful. And, along the way, we’ll continue to find many, many reasons to say thank you.”

The MAPS 2017 Awards Gala was once more sponsored at the highest level by Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees Apres Management Group (Serpa family), Cafua Management Group (Cafua family), Couto Management Group (Couto family) and Riverside Management Group (Carvalho and Rodrigues families). Representing the generous group of sponsors, Duarte Carvalho, CEO and Principal of the Riverside Management Group, took to the stage to present the Diamond Sponsor Greeting. “We’ve seen MAPS grow by leaps and bounds over its nearly fifty years of existence,” said Carvalho. “Paulo Pinto and his team are always looking to the future, seeking support to serve up more and better programs that meet our community’s changing needs. On behalf of the Diamond Sponsor Dunkin’ Donuts franchises, thank you, MAPS, and thanks to everyone here for continuing to support MAPS so they can keep serving the Portuguese-speaking communities of Massachusetts for many years to come!”

Sonia Bettencourt

Sonia Bettencourt

From its “paparazzi”-lined Red Carpet to its awards ceremony, the black-tie-optional Gala was a festive evening punctuated with entertainment from the Portuguese-speaking world. Distinguished guests, including the Boston area Consuls of Brazil, Cabo Verde and Portugal, members of the extended MAPS “family” and supporters from the business and professional communities, were greeted by the Brazilian drums of Grooversity as they took their seats for dinner in the elegant Royal Sonesta Hotel’s ballroom. Musical performances by Sonia Bettencourt, accompanied by Jose Iglesias and Anthony Ferreira, and Gutty Duarte, with band members Kiki Barbosa e Danny Carvalho set the mood for the evening that ran until midnight with an after party with DJ Melo, from DNJ Entertainment.

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Thank You! Tue, 02 May 2017 21:27:18 +0000 MAPS Gala_042917_DSC_1726_©2017 Derek Kouyoumjian

Thanks to the generous support of our Gala Sponsors, Program Book Advertisers, Auction Donors, Community and Business Leaders, attendees of the Gala, and the dedication of our hard-working staff, the MAPS 2017 Awards Gala was a great success!

Our more than 440 guests were treated to a glamorous red-carpet cocktail reception, complete with red-carpet paparazzi and a silent auction packed with interesting and exciting items, as well as a delicious dinner provided by the Royal Sonesta Hotel, powerful musical performances by Grooversity, Sonia Bettencourt and Gutty Duarte, and a fun after-party with DJ Melo, from DNJ Entertainment.

We can’t wait to share more photos with you!

Check our website soon for a link where you’ll be able to purchase prints of the MAPS 2017 Awards Gala!

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SOLD OUT! MAPS 2017 Awards Gala – Parking and Directions Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:45:30 +0000 website_logoWe look forward to seeing you on Saturday, April 29, at 5:30pm

at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge (click for directions)

Parking: Prices this year at the Sonesta are $12 for Self-Parking in their garage, and $22 for Valet Parking. Inexpensive parking is also available across the street under the CambridgeSide Galleria—closing at 1 am.

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Last Chance to Reserve Seating for the MAPS 2017 Awards Gala on April 29 Tue, 18 Apr 2017 17:17:44 +0000 website_logoTime is running out to reserve your seats at the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS) 2017 Awards Gala, to take place April 29 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge. As excitement builds for the black-tie-optional fundraiser, the health and social services organization will keep accepting seating reservations until Friday, April 21. You can RSVP in person at the MAPS Cambridge Office (1046 Cambridge Street), call (617) 864-7600, or visit the MAPS website at After April 21, please call the office to inquire about available seating.

The Gala will start at 5:30 pm with a Red Carpet arrival and cocktail reception, live music, and photographers taking elegant portraits as guests arrive. The event will also feature an awards ceremony, musical performances from the Portuguese-speaking world, a delicious banquet, and dancing. Guests will be able to bid on valuable Auction items, such as a “CR7 Super Fan Experience”, which includes a Portugal National Soccer Team jersey signed by Cristiano Ronaldo, round-trip airline tickets to Madeira, and tickets to the Cristiano Ronaldo Museum; round-trip airline tickets to Brazil, provided by COPA Airlines; a dining experience for up to 10 guests of fine Italian and Iberian cuisine, courtesy of Bronze sponsor Rocco’s Restaurant and Bar, paired with delicious Portuguese wines provided by MS Walker, and many more exciting and items.

Those attending the health and social services organization’s fundraiser will also be able to enjoy a nice cup of espresso, courtesy of the Gala’s Diamond Sponsors, Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners Apres, Cafua, Couto and Riverside Management Groups. This year’s Gala is also supported by Platinum Sponsors Fish Family Foundation and Tufts Health Plan, Gold Sponsors Cambridge Health Alliance and Naveo Credit Union, Silver Sponsor East Cambridge Savings Bank, and Bronze Sponsors Accutronics Inc., Cambridge Printing Company, Eastern Bank, Neighborhood Health Plan, Rocco’s Restaurant and Bar, S&F Concrete Contractors Inc., and Vertex Pharmaceuticals.

Heading the list of honorees this year is Lawrence (Larry) K. Fish, MAPS 2017 Person of the Year, the founder and chairman of the Fish Family Foundation. Through the foundation, Fish has supported the work of MAPS and many other organizations working with immigrant communities, contributing greatly to the empowerment of thousands of Portuguese-speaking immigrants and others. The event will also honor Father Volmar Scaravelli, Pastor of St. Tarcisius Church, in Framingham; Ana Nava, PhD, LICSW, Team Leader of the Portuguese Mental Health Clinic at the East Cambridge Health Center; John B. Cruz, III, president of Cruz Companies; and Project Health CV, a nonprofit medical aid group who makes yearly trips to Cabo Verde where they provide medical aid and training.

“We look forward to honoring the many successes of our communities in an evening filled with cultural pride and celebration,” said Paulo Pinto, MPA, MAPS Executive Director. “The people and organizations that we are recognizing this year are incredible role models for community engagement, selfless generosity, hard work, and dedication to a greater cause.”

This year, the event is co-chaired by Natalia Fernandes, MAPS Executive Assistant, and Antonio Massa Viana, Esq., MAPS Board Member, who will also serve as the event’s co-host, alongside Edna Monteiro Leith, a former MAPS staff who now works at the Cambridge Rindge & Latin High School.

Guests attending the MAPS 2017 Awards Gala will also be treated to several live musical performances throughout the Awards ceremony, featuring the best of Brazilian drums with the Grooversity ensemble, Portuguese Fado with Sonia Bettencourt, Cabo Verdean Morna and Koladera with Gutty Duarte, and an after party with DJ Melo, from DNJ Entertainment.


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Citizenship & Employment Assistance Case Worker – Americorps Fri, 14 Apr 2017 14:34:47 +0000 Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS)


 The NEW AMERICAN INTEGRATION PROGRAM (NAIP) is an AmeriCorps program administered by the MIRA Coalition, in partnership with English for New Bostonians. Up to 30 NAIP members will be placed at various community-based organizations across Massachusetts to address barriers to economic empowerment among immigrants and refugees by focusing their service on job readiness training (including ESOL instruction) and/or citizenship services (including application assistance and civics instruction).

ABOUT Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS): MAPS’ mission is to improve the lives of Portuguese-speaking individuals and families from Massachusetts and help them become contributing, active participants in American society while maintaining strong ethnic identity and a sense of community.  MAPS works with and for the Brazilian, Cape Verdean, and Portuguese communities to increase access and remove barriers to health, education, and social services through direct services, advocacy, leadership, and community development.

SERVICE POSITION TITLE: Citizenship & Employment Assistance Case Worker

SERVICE DESCRIPTION: The MAPS AmeriCorps NAIP will serve mainly Brazilian and Cape Verdean and other Portuguese speakers in Greater Boston, including Boston (especially Dorchester, Roxbury, Allston and Brighton), Cambridge, and Somerville and surrounding areas such as Everett and Chelsea. This project will primarily serve adults age 18 and over of both genders. The program will be open to anyone who needs the services, so individuals from non-Portuguese-speaking backgrounds can also receive assistance. The Citizenship & employment Assistance Case Worker will work closely with MAPS staff to conduct outreach, and to assist clients with job readiness, including pre-employment services such as job search, resume preparation and job counseling, as well as job skills assessment and placement, including referrals to jot training programs and ESOL services to Portuguese-speaking individuals in the greater Boston area. He/she will also provide assistance to eligible LPRs interested in applying for US citizenship.


SERVICE SCHEDULE: Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. Community outreach takes place during alternative evening and weekend hours. Members commit to full-time service from September 5, 2017 through August 2018.


  • Conduct outreach to 100 business and churches in Cambridge, Somerville, Brighton, Allston, Dorchester, Roxbury, Chelsea, East Boston, and Everett.
  • Work closely with MAPS staff to create and share materials to increase access to citizenship services and improve quality of services offered.
  • Job readiness, including pre-employment services such as job search, resume preparation and job counseling, as well as job skills assessment and placement, including referrals to job training programs and ESOL services to 70 Portuguese-speaking individuals in the greater Boston area.
  • Citizenship Application Assistance to 80 individuals seeking to naturalize as US Citizens.



  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Interest in and commitment to national and community service
  • Experience working with diverse populations;
  • Bilingual/Bicultural in Portuguese/English and/or Cabo Verdean Creole  preferred
  • High school diploma or GED equivalent
  • 17 years of age or older
  • Must be a US Citizen, US National or Legal Permanent Resident
  • Must be willing to undergo a National Service Criminal History Check, including screenings through the National Sex Offender Public Website, a name-based search of the statewide criminal history registry both in Massachusetts and your state of residence upon application to our program, and a fingerprint-based FBI check


  • Expert training in Citizenship and Employment Assistance and case management A Living Allowance up to $13,100.00
  • Loan forbearance and a Segal Education Award of $5,815.00 upon completion of service
  • Health Coverage
  • Child Care Assistance

To apply, download the NAIP application from the MIRA website at Please submit the completed application and your resume to with the subject line “MAPS AmeriCorps member.”

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled, however priority will be given to applicants who apply on or before April 26, 2017. Please note that if not selected for this position, you may still be considered for placements at other host sites.

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MAPS 2017 Awards Gala to honor individuals and organizations- Cambridge, MA Tue, 04 Apr 2017 14:47:34 +0000 Portuguese-American Journal

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(Português) Secretária de Estado para a Cidadania e Igualdade visita MA. e R.I. Fri, 31 Mar 2017 13:57:33 +0000 O JORNAL

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(Português) Gala de Prémios 2017 da MAPS Fri, 31 Mar 2017 13:57:00 +0000 Portuguese Times

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