about us

Moises Rodrigues, an aid to Mayor Jim Harrington, now serves as an At-Large City Councilor. He was elected Nov. 5, 2013.

The Cape Verdean Association of Brockton, Inc. (established in 1977) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit community based organization, whose mission is to provide education, health, civic, social and human services to the Cape Verdeans and other people residing in the greater Brockton area.

First known as the Cape Verdean-American Association, Inc. the name was changed in 1991 to Associação Caboverdiana de Brockton, Inc. due to a merge with New Cape Verdean Alliance founded in 1989.

our history

  • BROCKTON – When the Cape Verdean Association of Brockton was created in the late 1970s, the original members worked out of basements and livings rooms.

  • Eventually the group moved into downtown offices and, in 1999, purchased its current headquarters on North Montello Street, along with an adjacent three-family family home that provides the association with rental income.

  • Rodrigues said he believes the rate of immigration from Cape Verde has slowed since the 1990s because of restrictions implemented after Sept. 11, 2001, but that the population “is steadily growing.

  • The Brockton association is practically bursting at the seams, Rodrigues said. It can hold up to 25 students in its evening ESL classes, for instance, but 40 or 45 people seek enrollment each time.

  • Right now the largest hurdle to expansion is funding. Rodrigues said he and other group leaders are looking for grants, state and federal funding and any other available resources to get the project underway.

opportunities

Today it serves immigrants who come to the city from all over the world

“It sends a message that the community is vibrant and growing,” said Moises Rodrigues, a city councilor and executive director of the association. “The issue is we’re becoming a catch-all for everybody.”

Officials from the Consulate of Cape Verde in Quincy hold office hours twice a week at the group’s headquarters, and it is certified by the state to help city residents apply for health and dental coverage through the Massachusetts Health Connector.

“Sometimes you have people standing. The demand is there,” Rodrigues said of the ESL classes. “We hate turning people down.”

meet our staff

The ACVB staff are made up of individuals dedicated to working with the community

Marissa Rodrigues

Manager of Clinical Services/Youth Programs

Djara Elisa Hampton

LICSW - Clinical Supervisor

Marlene Andrade

Office Manager/Senior Program

Alberto Montrond

Director of Policy and Research

Carlos DaSilva

Case Manager/Office Manager

Tina Cardoso

Domestic Violence Coordinator

Fabricio Lopes

Youth Program

Esmiralda Silva

Case Manager/ESOL Instructor/Coordinator

Marcelo Tavares

Youth Program Assistant

Nataly Depina

Youth Program Assistant

Gisela Morton

Domestic Violence Case Manager