San Diego’s Portuguese community today is made up of immigrants from the Azores, Madeira, and mainland Portugal going back five generations in some cases.  As Portuguese, we have a natural pride in our traditions and in the global accomplishments of our ancestors. We strive to honor those who have come before us, preserve our traditions and customs, and instill in our youth the spirit of devotion to the Espirito Santo, so our community will go forward in faith and tradition, generation after generation.

The community’s faith and commitment have advanced the U.P.S.E.S. Hall to its present status and continues to achieve its purposes, which are to:

• Encourage religious and civic activities,

• Promote and support the welfare of the community,

• Foster sociability and develop a united spirit among the community.


The United Portuguese S.E.S., Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.