Portuguese American Women's Association
35 Highland Avenue
East Providence, RI 02914
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On Saturday, Oct 25th, Marie Fraley was awarded by the Portuguese American Citizens Committee of Rhode Island as 2014 “Person of the Year”. Marie is the, Director of the Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies at Rhode Island College Marie, who is a third generation Portuguese American, who has been very active in the Portuguese community through her work at Rhode Island College The Portuguese American Leadership Council of the United States (PALCUS) as well as serving on the Day of Portugal and Portuguese Heritage in Rhode Island Committee for the past several years, having served as President and Vice- President as well as fund raising chair and has been very instrumental in getting the community involved in the Water Fire events in Providence. Congratulations Maria!

Susan Pacheco and Maria Fraley enjoying a photo moment.
We've Moved!

Please note our new PAWA address and Susan's new office address!

Dear Friends and Supporters:
The lmmigrants 'Assistance Center (lAC) hosted a very important fundraiser dinner on Saturday, March 21,2015 at the United Fishermen's Club in New Bedford, MA.


For over 40 years, the IAC has been at the forefront of providing a broad range of services to assist the immigrant community integrate and often attain citizenship status. The communities that we serve are primarily Portuguese, Cape Verdean and Spanish speakers, but our client base is incredibly diverse. These services include but are not limited to: Assist immigrant families to advocate for their children's education, assist families in navigating the complex healthcare system. assist elders and families in accessing critical social services. This is particularly difficult for non-English speakers and Teach English as a second language and provide Guidance and support to attaining citizenship. Unfortunately, due to lack of employment, the number of clients seeking our services keep increasing in order to meet their basic needs.  
​Many thanks
Helena Da-Silva Huges
Executive Director


Our Annual Meeting for the election to the Board and officers will be held on Wed., Feb 21 at 6PM at Caldeiras Restaurant on Pleasant Street in Fall River, MA .. New Members Welcome!

Please let Susan know if you are interested in serving on the Board. We are especially in need of someone serving as our Treasurer. Also, if you are currently a Board Member, please confirm that you will to continue on the Board. I look forward to seeing everyone.