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.
POSSO’s sincere thanks to Clube 60 and all of the volunteers who made and sold filhós on February 18. Thanks to all who donated ingredients and purchased the filhós as well. Your contributions made this another successful fundraiser!
Fundraising activities take a tremendous amount of work, but are extremely important in generating funds for POSSO’s day-to-day operating expenses. Their success depends upon the volunteers who generously offer their time and talents to carry them out, as in the example of POSSO’s cook, Manuela Pires and her spouse, Jorge. This couple donated the preparation of the dinner for POSSO’s January 28 fundraising dinner. POSSO is deeply grateful for all of the generous help and contributions that make our many fundraisers successful throughout the year!
Are you paying for services that you don’t need? POSSO will assist you by verifying your correct billing. Please call POSSO at 408.293.0877 to make an appointment to check if your phone bill has any errors and if you are owed a refund.
POSSO is offering a new series of workshops that teach how to maintain your balance, prevent falls, and improve your health. Many seniors lose their mobility due to falls that are preventable. Please contact POSSO for more information and to enroll in this program provided with support from The Health Trust.
Our heartfelt thanks to all who contributed to the success of our fundraising dinner-dance on Saturday, January 28 at the Portuguese Athletic Club. Volunteer chefs Jorge and Manuela Pires prepared a delicious dinner of alcatra. Alcides, Rosa Maria, and Emily graced the evening with their artistry. And the PAC donated their beautiful facilities and china.
The funds raised by this event will be used to pay for day-to-day operating expenses like utilities, insurance, telephone and office supplies. Given that POSSO’s government grants only cover staff salaries, we must depend on your generosity to cover all other expenses.
See photos of the dinner-dance in POSSO’s Facebook album.
POSSO celebrated the holidays with its traditional Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 17.
POSSO thanks the generosity and good will of friends and volunteers. Artist and entertainer Emily once again graced the afternoon with her special talent. Volunteers from the Mt. Pleasant High School Portuguese Club served refreshments to a full house. Christmas carolers from neighboring Portuguese organizations also stopped by to spread Christmas cheer! The afternoon was topped off by a visit from Santa bearing chocolate treats for all.
See photos of the Holiday Open House in POSSO’s Facebook album.
Dra. Maria Alves Cavaco Silva, wife of President of Portugal Prof. Aníbal António Cavaco Silva, visited POSSO on November 14. She accompanied her husband on a week-long trip to the United States during which he met with President Barack Obama in the White House, addressed the UN Security Council, visited Silicon Valley and Stanford University, and met with business leaders and representatives from the Portuguese American resident communities in New York, New Jersey, Washington and California.
On November 13 at the Fairmont Hotel in San José, President Cavaco Silva hosted a dinner for 800 guests in honor of the Portuguese Community of California. The proceeds from the dinner were presented to POSSO by Dra. Maria Alves Cavaco Silva. She addressed the seniors and staff gathered to greet her at POSSO and graciously greeted many individuals.