Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:21:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 MAPS Anuncia Patrocinadores e Comité Honorário da Gala de Prémios de 2017 Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:15:26 +0000

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“Uma comunidade que se integrou e que hoje é uma referência ao nível das comunidades da diáspora” Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:12:26 +0000 Portuguese Times

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Secretária de Estado para a Cidadania e Igualdade visita MA. e R.I. Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:11:17 +0000 O Jornal

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MAPS promove exposição alusiva à Campanha do Laço Branco Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:10:46 +0000 Jornal dos Sports

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Assessment of Framingham Portuguese Speakers Indicate a Greater Need for Culturally Appropriate Social Services Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:11:05 +0000 framingham_1The Portuguese-speaking community in Framingham and surrounding areas need improved access to culturally and linguistically competent social services, with a special focus on health insurance enrollment, housing and job training, ESOL and domestic violence and sexual assault services. This is the main conclusion of the Framingham Community Needs Assessment Survey recently conducted by the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS).

The survey, answered by 174 Framingham-area community members, composed mostly of Brazilians, identified significant community needs. 84% of the respondents indicated health insurance enrollment assistance as an unmet need, followed by affordable housing and job training (75% each), ESOL (English as a Second Language, 69%) and domestic violence and sexual assault services (67%).

The respondents indicated a range of significant barriers to accessing social services, with the most cited example being not being able to afford fees (43%), lack of Portuguese-speaking staff or interpreters (42%), lack of written Portuguese materials (38%), long waits for services (37%) and lack of childcare when receiving services (36%).

Other key barriers included a lack of services in their area (34%), having to go to different organizations for different services (34%), lack of evening or weekend services (32%), lack of transportation (31%) and immigration concerns (30%). Nearly half of respondents reported yearly household incomes under $40,000, with 33% under $20,000.

“The findings of this survey have made it clear that there is much work to be done in the Framingham area,” said Paulo Pinto, MPA, MAPS Executive Director. “There is a profound need among the community for more culturally and linguistically competent services that are free or low-cost. We are excited to use the data gathered through this survey in order to evaluate and expand our current programs in Framingham.”

While most respondents perceived MAPS as a “highly welcoming, respectful and culturally-competent service provider for the community”, 22% stated that they did not know about MAPS and the many services the organization provides, highlighting the need for extra outreach and awareness-building efforts.

The MAPS Framingham Needs Assessment Survey was funded by the Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation and developed in collaboration with Judy Freiwirth, Psy.D., of Nonprofit Solutions Associates. A final detailed report is available by clicking here.

MAPS has been assisting Portuguese-speaking immigrants and others with daily life needs and critical community issues since 1970. The health and social service provider operates six offices in Cambridge, Somerville, Brighton, Dorchester, Framingham and Lowell. To learn more about MAPS, visit

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MAPS Announces 2017 Awards Gala Sponsors and Honorary Committee Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:36:46 +0000 website_logoPlans are well under way for the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS) 2017 Awards Gala, which will be presented by four Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners: the Apres, Cafua, Couto and Riverside Management Groups. The black-tie-optional event will take place Saturday, April 29th, at the elegant Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge. It will feature a Red Carpet arrival, cocktail reception, banquet, awards ceremony honoring distinguished community members and organizations, silent auction, entertainment and much more.

The private, non-profit organization’s annual fundraiser has once again obtained the support and endorsement of distinguished national and local leaders, through its Gala Honorary Committee, including: U.S. Senators Elizabeth A. Warren and Edward J. Markey, U.S. Congressmen Michael E. Capuano and Seth Moulton, U.S. Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives Robert A. DeLeo, Massachusetts Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg, Massachusetts State Senators Sal N. DiDomenico and James B. Eldridge, Massachusetts State Representative Evandro C. Carvalho, Cambridge City Councilor Timothy J. Toomey, Jr., Consul General of Portugal José Velez Caroço, Consul General of Brazil Glivânia Maria de Oliveira, Consul General of Cabo Verde Hercules Nascimento Cruz, Mark Cafua, CEO of the Cafua Management Group, Duarte Carvalho, CEO, President and Principal of the Riverside Management Group, Sal Couto, CEO of the Couto Management Group, Tom Croswell, President and CEO of the Tufts Health Plan, Rui Domingos, CEO of the Naveo Credit Union, Paul Ferreira, Principal of the Cambridge Printing Company, Isabel Morais, MD, FACOG, Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Gilda M. Nogueira, President and CEO of the East Cambridge Savings Bank, Luis Pedroso, President of Accutronics, Robert F. Rivers, President, COO and Vice-Chairman of the Eastern Bank Corporation, Arthur Rodrigues, COO and Principal of the Riverside Management Group, Dinart Serpa, President of the Apres Management Group, Patrick Wardell, CEO of the Cambridge Health Alliance, and representatives of the families who lend their names to the MAPS Gala Awards: Ana Fidalgo, Álvaro Lima, Barbara Coutinho and Manuel Rogers, Jr.

The MAPS 2017 Awards Gala is sponsored by major companies and organizations, including both long-time supporters and new partners. This year, presenting Diamond Sponsors are the Apres Management Group, Cafua Management Group, Couto Management Group and Riverside Management Group (four Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners). MAPS’ Platinum Sponsors include the Fish Family Foundation and Tufts Health Plan and the Gold Sponsors include the Cambridge Health Alliance and Naveo Credit Union. East Cambridge Savings Bank and Neighborhood Health Plan sponsor the MAPS gala at the Silver level once, and Bronze Sponsors include Accutronics Inc., Cambridge Printing Company, Eastern Bank Corporation, Rocco’s Restaurant and Bar and S&F Concrete Contractors, Inc..

“We are honored to be able to count on the generous support of these companies and organizations, without whom it would be impossible for us to put together this wonderful yearly event honoring five outstanding members of our communities,” said Paulo Pinto, MPA, MAPS Executive Director.

Gala sponsorship as well as advertising opportunities for the MAPS 2017 Awards Gala Program Book & Community Directory are still available by calling (617) 864-7600 or visiting  The same contacts can be used to reserve Gala seating at $100 per person, which supports all MAPS’ programs and services.

MAPS provides cultural and linguistically competent services for Portuguese-speaking communities and other Massachusetts residents with continued support from United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley and many other private and public funders. The organization has offices in Cambridge, Somerville, Brighton, Dorchester, Lowell and Framingham.

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MAPS Offices to close on Tuesday, March 13 Mon, 13 Mar 2017 20:21:18 +0000 output_smIpbC




Due to the snowstorm expected tomorrow – Tuesday, March 14th – ALL MAPS offices will be closed.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. If you had an appointment scheduled, we will be contacting you to reschedule. Stay safe!

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ICE: Know Your Rights Fri, 10 Mar 2017 16:42:57 +0000 AAEAAQAAAAAAAAX9AAAAJGIzNWNhMmM1LWIxY2QtNDY2OS04Y2M0LWMzMThmMTNkZGU4MQThe most important resource you can have is knowledge!

If you or anyone you know is in risk of deportation, make sure to have a plan, and KNOW YOUR RIGHTS!

Click here to download a PDF in English put together by the Immigrant Defense Project that you can print out and share with the community.

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MAPS Invites Community to White Ribbon Day Exhibit with Portuguese-speaking Male Artists on March 3rd Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:24:02 +0000 MAPS_WRD_2017_POSTCARD_enThe Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS) will host a White Ribbon Day (WRD) Art Exhibit event on Friday, March 3rd, from 4 to 7 pm at the health and social services organization’s Dorchester office, at 1 Stoughton Street. This event, which is open to the public, is MAPS’ way of reaching out to all males in the Portuguese-speaking community to join the White Ribbon Day initiative to end violence against women and all gender-based violence.

 MAPS has invited a group of male artists from the Portuguese-speaking community to each exhibit 4 to 5 pieces of artwork. Confirmed so far are visual artists Alexandre Henrique, Tierry Tavares, Ricardo Nassif and Yuri Ferreira, who will share with the guests their personal interpretation of their art pieces, reflecting themes of female empowerment, self-worth, non-violence and respect. State Representative Evandro C. Carvalho will also be at the event to show his commitment to the cause and to share a few words with the audience.

“This is a great opportunity for the community to have an open discussion around these often uncomfortable topics,” said Dulce Ferreira, MA, MAPS Director of Domestic Violence (DV) and Sexual Assault (SA) Services. “Confronting stereotypes about masculinity and having men and boys be a part of the effort to end violence against women and gender-based violence is crucial if we want to build a more respectful, equal society.”

In addition to the March 3rd event, MAPS will also take part in the annual Massachusetts Statewide White Ribbon Day Proclamation Event, scheduled for March 1st at 1 pm The Great Hall – Faneuil Hall, Boston. This event is organized by Jane Doe Inc., the Massachusetts coalition of organizations providing support to victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. For more information about Jane Doe Inc., please visit

The WRD Campaign was created in 1991, on the second anniversary of one man’s massacre of 14 women in Montreal, to urge men to speak out against violence against women. Since then, it has become a worldwide campaign in 60 countries that has collected more than 5 million signatures. MAPS has been part of the initiative since its inception in Massachusetts, and MAPS Executive Director Paulo Pinto, MPA, served as the co-chair of the 2012 campaign.

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#DayWithoutImmigrants Thu, 16 Feb 2017 20:53:54 +0000 MAPS_DayWithoutImmigrants

As an immigrant-lead organization dedicated to building healthy lives and successful communities by providing a wide variety of health and social services to Portuguese-speaking immigrants and their families across the state, we stand in solidarity with all immigrants around the country taking part in the #DayWithoutImmigrants, and celebrate the tremendous contributions that the immigrant community makes to our American economy and society.

We all came to this country as immigrants or refugees looking to build a better life for our families and ourselves, and to contribute towards building a better world.

Today, we are students, teachers, doctors, nurses, attorneys, corporate CEOs, restaurant owners, waiters, chefs, factory workers, singers, dancers, actors and dreamers, working together to build upon the aspirations of our founding fathers.

We are an asset to this country we call home. We are the future of this nation that we love. Our resilience, our cultures and our values are what make the United States of America great. We stand for Justice, Human Dignity and Equal Opportunity. We ARE America.

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