Mass Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS)


  • Overview of Organization and Services:
    Mission is to improve the lives of Portuguese-speaking individuals and families from Massachusetts and help them become contributing, active participants in American society while maintaining strong ethnic identity and a sense of community.

    MAPS works with and for the Brazilian, Cabo Verdean, Portuguese and other Portuguese-speaking communities to increase access and remove barriers to health, education and social services through direct services, advocacy, leadership and community development.

    MAPS in its present form was created in 1993 by the merger of two agencies: the former Somerville Portuguese American League (SPAL) and the Cambridge Organization of Portuguese Americans (COPA), which had served area Portuguese speakers separately since 1970.

    In addition to serving Portuguese-speaking immigrants and their families, MAPS assists all who need our services.

    Services include:
    Citizenship Assistance
    Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services
    Driver Alcohol Education
    Elder Services
    Employment/Career Services
    Family Support Services
    HIV/Sexually Transmitted Infections
    Immigrant Integration Services
    Intimate Partner Abuse Education
    Translations/Notary Public


  • Demographics Served:
    Adults: 19+, Families, Seniors: 60+, Youth: 13-18
  • City/Towns Served:
    Amesbury, Newbury (incl. Byfield), Newburyport, Rowley, Salisbury, West Newbury
  • Types of Services Provided:
    Domestic Violence, Education and Job Training, Elder Services, English as a Second Language, Immigrant Services, Legal Assistance, Parent and Family Support


  • Address: 11 Mill Street Lowell, MA 01852
  • Phone: 978-970-1250
  • Website:
  • Hours of Operation: Mondays – 10 am to 6 pm; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays – 9 am to 5 pm