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.
Join the annual Portuguese Historical Museum Dia de Portugal Festival on Saturday, June 9, at History Park at the south end of Kelley Park in San José. Admission is free. POSSO will be there raising funds with a food booth and POSSO Crochet Club booth. Come enjoy our delicious pork loin sandwiches (bifanas), bacalhau (codfish) casserole, fava beans, and arroz doce (sweet rice pudding). Visit the Crochet Club booth — the perfect place to find the most unique and lovely gifts made by members of POSSO’s Crochet Club.
Our heartfelt thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Batista and Dolores Vieira for again hosting the POSSO-KSQQ Radiothon on May 5. This successful event raised funds to help continue POSSO’s services as well as informing listeners about all that POSSO provides for our community. A special thanks to our host, Mr. Luis Leonel de Medeiros and all who participated and made their pledges and donations. If you have not yet sent in your donation, please do so as soon as possible. Your support is urgently needed and greatly appreciated!
POSSO celebrated its 36th anniversary on March 31 among many of its benefactors and friends. POSSO would like to thank everyone who helped plan, prepare and execute this wonderful event. Special thanks to the president and directors of the I.E.S. Hall for the use of their facilities. Thanks to Batista and Dolores Vieira and Radio Station KSQQ for publicity, to emcee Davide Vieira and to Tony Silveira for the evening’s benediction. To chefs Oriolando Betencor, Albertino Bettencourt, Luis Dinis, and Carlos Fagundes, our heartfelt appreciation for preparing another delicious banquet. To the directors of the Portuguese Band of San José for preparing mouth-watering crème brûlée for dessert. To Jeneva Westendorf and the Portuguese Club of Mt. Pleasant High School and to the students from San José State University for serving dinner. Thanks to the Portuguese Tribune for sharing news and photos from our event with the community-at-large. And special thanks for their generous contributions go to João and Connie Goulart, Councilmember Sam Liccardo, and candidate for San José Unified School District Trustee, Paul Murphy.
Congratulations to the recipients of POSSO’s annual awards! POSSO sincerely appreciates their hard work and support!
- Senior of the Year, Alice Sarmento
- Employee of the Year, Chef Maria Manuela Pires
- Volunteer of the Year, Edith Miller
See photos from the event on POSSO’s Facebook page.
POSSO’s annual radiothon on KSQQ 96.1 fm will take place on Saturday, May 5, from noon to 4 p.m. Please tune in and help POSSO in any way you can. Government non-profit social services funding reductions mean that POSSO depends on your generosity to continue providing social services to the most-vulnerable among us.
Effective July 1, POSSO will be losing Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from the City of San José due to the city’s financial crisis. CDBG funds have helped support POSSO services since 1982. POSSO’s services depend increasingly on the generosity of our community. Please call KSQQ at 408.258.9696 or POSSO at 408.293.0877 between noon and 4 p.m. on May 5 to make a difference in the lives of our most vulnerable seniors.
POSSO would like to thank Batista and Dolores Vieira for again generously offering KSQQ for POSSO’s annual radiothon.
POSSO has an office space for lease on the second floor of the Portuguese Community Center. Please contact POSSO for more information and to see the available space.
Congratulations to the participants who graduated on February 29 from POSSO’s first Matter of Balance program. And congratulations to POSSO’s Case Manager Rita Fontes and volunteer nurse Sue Avina for bringing this nationally-recognized program to the Portuguese Community Center. Matter of Balance teaches seniors how to maintain their balance, prevent falls, and improve their health and security. Many seniors lose their mobility due to falls that are preventable. This series of workshops will be offered again in the coming months for new participants. Please contact POSSO for more information and to enroll in the next series. This program is provided in part with support from the Health Trust.
Come and celebrate 36 years of community service with POSSO on Saturday, March 31 at the I.E.S. Hall in San José! The festivities begin with no-host social hour at 6:00 p.m., followed by a delicious meal of prime rib with all the fixings, wine and dessert.
Entertainment will feature Zé Duarte, the popular Azorean artist from San Diego. Come and join us for a wonderful evening celebrating the transformative difference that POSSO and its supporters make in the lives of thousands of people.
Your donation is $50 per person and will support POSSO’s continued services. Please contact POSSO at 408.293.0877 for information and reservations before March 22.