Press Releases

Last Chance to Reserve Seating for the MAPS 2017 Awards Gala on April 29

April 18, 2017

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 www.maps-inc.org. After April 21, please call the office to inquire about available seating. [→]

MAPS to Receive “Access to Justice” Award at April 3rd MOVA Ceremony

March 30, 2017

The Massachusetts State House, Boston tourism destinationsThe Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS) is being honored with the “Access to Justice Award” by the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) at the 2017 Victim Rights Month Awards Ceremony, scheduled for April 3. The award will be presented, according to a note sent to MAPS by MOVA, in recognition of the MAPS Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program’s “continuous strides over the past year in advocating for victims’ rights and services.” [→]

Assessment of Framingham Portuguese Speakers Indicates a Greater Need for Culturally Appropriate Social Services

March 21, 2017

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). [→]

MAPS Announces 2017 Awards Gala Sponsors and Honorary Committee

March 16, 2017

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. [→]

MAPS Offices to close on Tuesday, March 13

March 13, 2017

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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!

ICE: Know Your Rights

March 10, 2017

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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.

MAPS Invites Community to White Ribbon Day Exhibit with Portuguese-speaking Male Artists on March 3rd

February 21, 2017

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. [→]

#DayWithoutImmigrants

February 16, 2017

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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.

MAPS Offices to close on Monday, February 13, until 12 pm

February 12, 2017

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Due to the snow emergency, all MAPS offices will remain closed on Monday, February 13, until 12 pm. The MAPS Senior Center will be closed all day.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page and website for more updates. Stay warm!

MAPS offices to close on Thursday, Feb 9, Due to Snowstorm

February 8, 2017

blue-snowflake-99Due to tomorrow’s snowstorm, all MAPS offices will be closed all day.

Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for updates. Stay safe and warm!