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The Metrowest Mission Hub calls itself ProGente (“for the people” in Portuguese) Connections. The Metrowest region (broadly defined as cities and towns west of Boston and east of Worcester) has the second highest concentration of Brazilian immigrants in Massachusetts. The dream of the Metrowest Hub is to see strong Brazilian families living well in their local community, participating fully in community life and offering their skills and gifts for the good of all.
People from a variety of faith traditions and cultural backgrounds will work together to create a new kind of multicultural and ecumenical community based on mutual respect and service. The mission of the Metrowest Hub is to strengthen Brazilian families and their connection with their local communities. There will be space at the table for everyone to share their individual gifts through this ministry.
The Metrowest Mission Hub will initially focus on providing linguistic and cultural programs to facilitate better communication within and outside of Brazilian families by providing English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) for adults and Portuguese language and culture instruction for children (Portuguese Plus) in Framingham and Marlborough.
Later, the hub plans to broaden its focus to help address the structural and economic issues that Brazilian partners have identified as barriers that isolate them from the wider community. The hub organizers anticipate offering additional resources through mental health and family support, Episcopal City Tutoring, Life Together internships and a Brazilian Urban Resident. Potential areas for future collaboration include interfacing with school systems and health-care providers; investing in domestic violence prevention programs; and providing support around the mental health system and everyday legal matters.
The Metrowest Mission Hub/ProGente Connections is a collaboration of four Episcopal congregations and three local partners:
• St. Paul’s Church, Hopkinton
• St. Luke’s Church, Hudson
• St. Andrew’s Church, Framingham
• Epiphany Church, Walpole
• Bethel Presbyterian Church in Marlborough
• A Special Grace autism ministry
• All Right Ministry of the New England Synod, ELCA
Deacon Lori Mills-Curran, Executive Director
Raquel Riberti-Bill, Program Director