Following the celebration of CRESCER’s 22nd anniversary and the 10th anniversary of É UMA CASA, Lisboa Housing First, we are organizing É UM CONGRESSO, Housing First & Harm Reduction. Join us on November 8 and 9 at Nova SBE in Carcavelos, Portugal to learn from experts from around the world, share best practices with peers, collaborate on ideas, and inspire change!
Our speakers and workshops will address topics such as the housing first model, harm reduction, policies for the future, corporate social responsibility, prevention, peer work, outreach teams and much more. All are welcome to attend, learn, connect, and collaborate, from civil society and charitable organization leaders to policy-makers, CSR leaders, advocates, and students.
É UM CONGRESSO will be preceded by field visits on November 7, during which participants will be able to learn about CRESCER’s projects in Lisbon.
Founded in 2001, CRESCER seeks to reach out to those in a vulnerable situation by promoting health, risk reduction and the inclusion of all, through outreach projects.
Over the last 22 years we have come a long way by getting involved in multiple projects that impact around 2,000 people a year:
What began as a pilot project with an initial number of 7 houses within a specific area of Lisbon, has since grown to encompass 140 houses all over the city! The success of the project has not only allowed us to have a significant impact on the lives of those experiencing chronic homelessness, but has also been instrumental in shaping broader policies, as it became an integral part of the city’s municipal plan and the national strategy to end homelessness.
Following the Harm Reduction philosophy, our 4 Outreach Teams are actively engaged in the city of Lisbon and its outskirts, working closely with the most vulnerable populations. Our approach encompasses activities such as offering psychosocial and psychological support, distributing and exchanging material for consumption, medical and nursing care, education and awareness-raising about lower-risk consumption practices, and facilitating referrals to health and social services, among others”.
Following on from our work with vulnerable populations, we have embraced a new cause through the Municipal Program for Welcoming Refugees to the City of Lisbon. Created in 2016, the project aims to support the integration of asylum seekers and refugees into our community, based on a close and continuous relationship, by promoting their learning, training and empowerment.
Our services cover a wide range of activities, including finding and renting a home, regular residential visits, personalized support, document assistance, guidance on household management, life project planning, facilitating education and training opportunities, access to healthcare, and cultural mediation, among others.
Complementing É UMA VIDA, this project aims to create an integrated support structure for migrants, asylum seekers and refugees by offering services and support tailored to their needs. The range of services includes medical, psychological and social assistance, translation services, language training, legal support and information and awareness-raising activities for local communities.
Created in 2022, this project aims to respond to the pressing needs we have identified in the integration of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees into the community. The project seeks to promote the social and professional inclusion of these populations, offering individualized support in social and employability aspects, including literacy and Portuguese language courses.
Based on the principles of the Supported Employment Methodology and Risk Reduction, this project is designed to provide employability support to people in vulnerable situations.
Because we see employability as a path to inclusion, we train and employ people who have been homeless in our restaurants, providing them with the skills and tools necessary for a successful integration into the job market and the community.