Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers opens office in Everett
Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers opens office in Everett

CAMBRIDGE – The Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS) opened its new office in Everett, Massachusetts, in the presence of more than 80 community members, public officials, MAPS staff, volunteers and friends.

The seventh MAPS office, located at 792 Broadway, will offer many of the organization’s programs and services, including immigrant integration services, clinical services for children and families, and HIV/STI prevention and screening.

“It is time for Everett to be home to the state’s largest Portuguese-speaking nonprofit health and social services organization,” MAPS Executive Director Paulo Pinto said at the June 27 dedication ceremony. “This is indeed a historic moment for MAPS and our community. By purchasing this building, we are investing in the future of our organization and the well-being of our immigrant community, and owning our own space provides us with stability, security and control over our destiny.”

Patricia DeOliveira, vice president of the MAPS board, recalled the importance of MAPS as a resource for immigrants, especially those who have recently arrived.

“Growing up in Cambridge, my family knew that if we ever needed anything, we could count on MAPS to help us,” she said. “Now, as a long-time Everett resident, I hope this new MAPS office can be that resource for Everett residents, a place our communities can turn to if they ever need help with anything.”

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Stephanie Martins, Everett City Councilwoman and one of several public officials in attendance at the event, expressed her joy at MAPS opening an office in the city.

“I have had the pleasure of working with MAPS for some time now. They do great work for the community and it is a great asset to have a MAPS office in the City of Everett,” said Martins, who also delivered a congratulatory speech from the Everett City Council. “The entire City Council wishes you well on this memorable occasion and expresses hope for continued good fortune in the future.”

Marcony Almeida-Barros, Everett School Board member, Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Healey, and former MAPS Board member, reminded guests of the importance of Everett’s large Portuguese-speaking community.

“Portuguese is the most widely spoken foreign language in the Everett school system,” he said. “As an Everett resident, as an immigrant and as a Portuguese speaker, I am very happy that MAPS is here in Everett.”

MAPS has been serving Portuguese-speaking communities in Massachusetts and elsewhere since 1970. The organization provides free health and social services through its seven offices in Cambridge, Somerville, Brighton, Dorchester, Framingham, Lowell and Everett.

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By Aurora