MAPS is a private, nonprofit organization that has provided a variety of health and social services to Portuguese speakers in eastern Massachusetts, including Brazilians, Cape Verdeans, Portuguese and others, since 1970. MAPS has offices in Cambridge, Somerville, Allston, Dorchester, Lowell and Framingham. The agency mission is to improve the lives of Portuguese-speaking individuals and families and help them become contributing, active participants in American society while maintaining strong ethnic identity and a sense of community. MAPS increases access and removes barriers to health, education and social services through direct services, advocacy, leadership and community development. More information is available at www.maps-inc.org.