Drop-In, Espaço Âncora

Espaço Âncora, a Drop-In was started in 2014, where the beneficiaries have access to several services availability of aseptic material for consumption, nursing care, snaks, library, computers with internet access, shower rooms, clothing, TV, occupational activities: workshops, theatre, painting studios.

Financial Partners

Working Hours

Mon: 1 pm-5:30 pm
Tue-Fri: 10 am-5:30 pm

Drop-In, Espaço Âncora

Rua passos Manuel, nº20, 1ªD. Lisboa

Target Group

Vulnerable populations who have not yet been able to commit to any facility, even though many have been through several existing resources of the social support network;
Most of them are in the streets or in process of becoming autonomous in their own homes and are looking for familiarity and a meeting place;

The homeless

Drug users and alcohol consumers


Sex workers

Users of É UMA CASA, Lisbon Housing First Project who are in te process of becoming autonomous

Our Mission

To support the most vulnerable and excluded populations with the aim of rehabilitating them in terms of their social skills and competences. This is achieved through the development of activities which are integrated in’ structured’ programes and imply a constant participation of the person, or flexible programes whose attendance depends on the person’s motivation.

Our Aims

To support and promote personal value- development by maximising the user’s capabilities, with the intencion of promoting personal autonomy and the development of skills which will allow a greater responsiveness in diferent contexts

Preparing for an alternative course of life and if possible towards specific treatment pogrammes and social and professional (re)insertion programes.

Our Action

Espaço ncora is a social solution opened to the community and consists of a set of services available to the target population who need to be busy during the day.

It is imperative that conditions of trust be created and that the centre is seen as a place of support, care and aquisition of skills. The beneficiaries are free to choose from a set of means, services and take advantage of them as long as they wish based on their personal needs and objectives.

This place relies on specialized technicians who implement actiities with the target population. An alternative space for socialising has been developed where the recreational activities are organized and implemented.

An alternative space for socialising has been developed where the recreational activities are organized and implemented. This helps reinforce change within the target population, by discovering personal skills.

The guided activities that promote the discovery of new interests and friendshipswith the purpose of acquiring social skills.

The Street Outreach Team supplement the support provided in Espaço Âncora.


There is social intervention through theatre methodologies and technics as well as criativity trigers

We promote and develop social and personal skills

We stablish a support relationship

We promote access to social and health facilities

We promote access to a diversity of community resources

We promote citizenship

We provide social support

We promote physical and psychological health

We provide leisure and occupational activities

We pomote training in the área of work

We promote autonomisation and (re)insertion into the community

We promote Harm Reduction

Technical Team

Psychologist, Cultural Entertainer and a Monitor


In this space I solve my problems and I can change my life.


"I have fun with people and I feel comfortable. I am, at the moment a homeless. Here I ask for help when I'm sleeping on the street."


"This space has now new paint, lemonade and I like it a lot. Here I can drink coffee and I like it because this space is essential"


"I like to be here in this reception centre of Crescer, because since I’m not working, I can be busy in the workshop studio and not stay outsider in the street"


"I like this space because the people are friendly and we socialize a lot with each other. Here people are given all the best possible support "


"Espaço âncora has been an asset when I have nothing to do. I socialise with the other users. I also use the computers and the television"


"I have great fondness for the team and the house is very welcoming"


"Espaço Âncora is a support for us"


"As a user of the Espaço Âncora i think its positive because I feel comfortable, safe and some serenity. Since I have been free of consumption for a short time, I try to take this course. Growing up every day more, relaxing my mind, since Espaço Âncora is also frequented by people who continue consuming and this for me is a test of my will and sanity"


"It is a shelter for those who do not have it. We can socialize and we have tranquility."


"We should all treat each other as we like to be treated"


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