Many thanks to everyone who assisted with and who attended POSSO’s annual beach picnic on September 28. It was a day full of camaraderie and happiness. This year we had the pleasure of welcoming our friends from VALER and Rev. Manuel Sousa who celebrated a seaside Mass.
Heartfelt thanks to Mrs. Fernanda Vieira for preparing the delicious sweet bread and to Mrs. Alice Sarmento and Mrs. Adelina Belem and to all who helped with their volunteerism and donations to make this a successful fundraiser!
POSSO will be selling sopas to-go on November 3. Special thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Joe Dutra for preparing this traditional dish as a fundraiser. Please call POSSO at 1.408.293.0877 to reserve your order.
POSSO would like to thank the community members and board members who donated their time, talent, and financial resources to construct a new patio covering for the weekly food distribution program. Several months ago, the fabric and steel covering that had been in place for years was destroyed by exceptionally strong winds. The new covering will provide much-needed protection from both sun and rain for our clients, volunteers, and staff.
Make your reservation to join POSSO for a tour of the 21 California missions from November 25 – 30. From the North Bay all the way to San Diego, the trip includes bus transportation, four nights hotel accommodations, four breakfasts and one dinner, and admission to all of the missions. Mass will be attended at San Antonio Mission. A tour of San Diego and a casino visit is also planned. Call POSSO at 408.293.0877 for information and to book your trip.
Make your reservation to attend the Rose Parade with POSSO from December 30 – January 2. Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Artesia D.E.S. Hall with dinner, champagne, dancing, and traditional canja (chicken soup) at midnight. Included is bus transportation, three nights hotel accommodations, reserved seats for the Rose Parade, and lunch. Also visits to Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive, and Downtown Los Angeles. Call POSSO at 408.293.0877 to book your trip!
In collaboration with POSSO, the Consulate of Portugal in San Francisco will be bringing their services to our community once a month at the Portuguese Community Center. Please call POSSO at 1.408.293.0877 to schedule your appointment for October 24 or December 12.
July was graduation month at POSSO, with a new group receiving their diplomas from the Matter of Balance Program. In addition, POSSO’s Executive Director, Mary Sousa, received her diploma from the Silicon Valley Council of Non-Profits Non-Profit Leadership Training Program. Congratulations to all!
Seniors are invited to participate in a program that will help to maintain their health and independence — the Matter of Balance Program. Many seniors lose their health, mobility, and independence due to falls that are preventable. This program teaches seniors how to maintain their balance, prevent falls, and improve their health and security. It is now being offered at the Portuguese Community Center every Wednesday afternoon from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Please come by and speak with Rita Fontes and our volunteer nurse, Sue Avina, for more information and to enroll in this important and informative series of workshops.
Thousands of festival-goers enjoyed perfect weather at History San José on July 9. Many patronized POSSO’s food and crochet booths. POSSO thanks all of the volunteers, POSSO board members, and staff volunteers and their families for their hard work and dedication in preparing the delicious food and creating the crochet handcrafts for sale. Special thanks to the cooks: Américo Fontes, José Freitas, José Soares, Manuel Sousa, and Arnold Rodrigues, who also coordinated POSSO’s participation in the festival.