March 21, 2017
The 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). [→]
March 16, 2017
Plans 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. [→]
March 13, 2017
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!
March 10, 2017
The 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.
February 21, 2017
The 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.
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!
February 8, 2017
Due 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!
February 2, 2017
More 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. [→]
January 30, 2017
If 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: [→]