Press Releases

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. [→]


February 16, 2017


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


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!

Community Awards Medical Scholarships at Dr. Leitão’s Memorial Luncheon in Cambridge

February 2, 2017

Guests at the LuncheonMore than 60 community members, leaders, friends and family of the late Dr. Edward Leitão gathered on the 29th of January, at the Faialense Club, in Cambridge, to honor the beloved physician’s legacy and to award 2 scholarships to Portuguese-American medical students Tracey DaFonte of Norwood and Bryan Rego of Fall River. [→]

Do you have Health Insurance for 2017?

January 30, 2017

HC_Stnd_Logo_Tag_CMYK_0If you still haven’t registered, TOMORROW is the deadline. Protect your health and avoid paying fines when filling your taxes.

>>>Click here to visit the Massachusetts Health Connector Website<<<

If you need assistance in Portuguese, contact any of the following organizations: [→]

Domestic Violence Service Providers Respond to Murder of Eugenia Monteiro

January 12, 2017

unnamedIt was with great shock and sadness that the Cabo Verdean community and supporters throughout the area learned of the brutal murder of Brockton resident Eugenia Monteiro on Monday, January 9. Monteiro, a 30-year-old Cabo Verdean mother of two, was reportedly shot multiple times by her ex-boyfriend, Matias Andrade, who was found dead of an apparent suicide on Tuesday. According to Jane Doe Inc., the Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, these appear to be the state’s first known domestic violence-related deaths in 2017.

Several organizations including MAPS that provide Domestic Violence programs staffed by Cabo Verdean Creole- and/or Portuguese-speaking professionals stepped forward this week to offer free, confidential services and support to bereaved community members. [→]

MAPS Senior Center Hosted by Faialense Sport Club in January

January 4, 2017

Some of the MAPS Seniors with Coordinator Julia Evora (center) and Lucinda Morais (right), Administrative & HR Manager.

MAPS Seniors at their temporary home with Center Coordinator Julia Evora (center) and Lucinda Morais (right), Administrative & HR Manager.

MAPS’ Cambridge Senior Center has moved – temporarily! Due to elevator repairs at our main office in Cambridge that houses the Senior Center, as of January 3rd our seniors began enjoying their daily lunches and activities at the Faialense Sport Club across the road at 1121 Cambridge St. We hope to move them back “home” before too many weeks because we miss them already.

Senior Center activities will take place from 9 am to 3 pm Mondays through Thursdays and the club will serve nutritious lunches those four days a week at noon until the elevator at our Cambridge Office is fixed. For any questions, please call us at (617) 864-7600.


Holiday Greetings and Office Closings

December 25, 2016

imageHappy Holidays!
Boas Festas e um Próspero Ano Novo!

From all of us at MAPS, best wishes for a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and happy, healthy and peaceful New Year!

Please note that all MAPS offices will be closed on Monday, December 26th and Monday, January 2nd due to these holidays.

2 Portuguese-American Medical Students to Receive Dr. Edward Leitão Scholarships

December 19, 2016

Tracey DaFonte

Tracey DaFonte

The Dr. Edward Leitão Memorial Scholarship Fund will award two $1,500 scholarships to Portuguese-American medical students Tracey DaFonte and Bryan Rego, according to organizers. The scholarships will be presented at an Awards Luncheon on Sunday, January 29th, at 1 PM at the Faialense Club, 1121 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA.

Bryan Rego

Bryan Rego

The community is invited to attend the Dr. Leitão Scholarship Awards Luncheon, which will also serve as a fundraiser for the Scholarship Fund. The price per person is $50 (free for children under 12). For tickets, please contact Lucinda Morais at MAPS, 617-864-7600.

A daughter of immigrants from northern Portugal, DaFonte is a 4th-year medical student at the University of Vermont. [→]