We’ve been here for some time.

We are old but not old-fashioned.

The Association

We have been here since 2001 because we believe in inclusion in the community for groups in situations of major vulnerability and exclusion. We have come a long way, involving ourselves in several projects that have left our humanist and pragmatic mark.

Vision

To be an organization of excellence by promoting the inclusion of people in a vulnerable situation, into the community.

Mission

By reaching out to others, we promote health, harm reduction and the inclusion of these people by acting within the community.

2001

Crescer was founded by professionals specialized in areas of community intervention with excluded and vulnerable groups, and had the name “Crescer na Maior”. At the time, we were motivated to work with a younger target group. We began with various projects in the greater Lisbon and Vale to Tejo area. This became our motto.

2002 to 2003

Implementation of the project “Estacionamento sem Riscos, Arrumadores sem Exclusão”, financed by Instituto Português da Droga e da Toxicodependência (IPDT), through Outreach Teams, which goal was to work with car parkers who consume psychoactive substances. This was CRESCER’s first project in the Harm Reduction field.

2002 to 2004

We were pioneers in a primary prevention project for drug addiction and school dropout – “Abandonar a Escola, que Futuro?” – financed by IPDT and developed in the Municipality of Mação. This project covered not only young people who were in a situation of school dropout, but also those who were inserted in a school environment.

2003 to 2009

The intervention of the Outreach Teams was extended to the main neighborhoods of psychoactive substances consumption in the city of Lisbon, within the scope of the Lx Plan (Municipal Plan for the Prevention and Inclusion of Drug Addicts and Homeless People), financed by CML.

2004 to 2009

We created a Drop-in in Bairro Quinta do Cabrinha for users of psychoactive substances, where they could eat, drink coffee / tea, have access to the internet or use the phone. Computer training, plastic arts and outdoor activities were developed. This project was funded by CML.

2005

We created the Office for Professional Insertion, in partnership with IEFP, in Bairro Quinta do Cabrinha, which aims to support the unemployed population in defining or developing their path of (re) insertion in the labor market.

2006 to 2010

We developed the project ‘Crescer em Rede’ with children, young people and their families from Vale de Alcântara, with the goal of creating alternative life plans, preventing risky behaviours and creating healthy life styles. This project was developed in partnership with Alkantara Project, Médicos do Mundo and Cidater. We also managed an Activity Center and a Playroom with computer training, fine arts and painting workshops.

2009

We created 2 Outreach Teams – Eastern and Western – with different intervention areas, covering all parishes in Lisbon. These teams, currently financed by SICAD (Serviço de Intervenção nos Comportamentos Aditivos e nas Dependências) and the City Hall of Lisbon, operate daily in the main districts of psychoactive substance consumption in the city.

2012

Within the scope of the PDCM (Plano de Desenvolvimento Comunitário da Mouraria), a specific Outreach Team was created to work with the most vulnerable people (homeless people and users of psychoactive substances) in Mouraria. This project later originated the project É UMA CASA, Lisboa Housing First.

2013

We implemented É UMA CASA, Lisbon Housing First Project within the framework of PDCM (Community Development Plan of Mouraria) and supported by the Parish Council of Santa Maria Maior. This project, developed following the Housing First methodology, is targeted towards people who are in chronic homeless situations, excluded from all the social and health facilities, to whom all the existing resources have not yielded solutions. Currently, this project encompasses the whole city of Lisbon and is now also supported by the City Hall of Lisbon and by Montepio and PT Foundations.

2014

Our first Drop-In, called ‘Espaço Âncora’ opened with the main purpose of becoming a familiar meeting place for beneficiaries living in the streets but also in their homes. In this Drop-In are different psycho-social and health supporting services available as well as many recreational activities.

2014 to 2015

In partnership with the Reagir para Mudar Association, Teatro Umano Association and Santo António de Lisboa sports club, we implemented the Cultiv’art Project, under BIP/ZIP 2014 Programme, promoted and financed by the City Hall of Lisbon. The aim of this program was to come up with solutions for specific problems with urban hygiene and low employability rates of the resident population of Bairro Quinta do Cabrinha.

2016

As a follow up from our field work, City Hall of Lisbon invited CRESCER to develop the Municipal Program for the Reception of Refugees in the city of Lisbon (PMAR LX) which lead to É UMA VIDA Project. Its main goal is to work closely with the beneficiaries, promoting their integration into the community. We started the intervention of our Outreach Team É UMA RUA, Centro Sul under the Municipal Plan for the Homeless Person.

2016 to 2018

We received the Gulbenkian Cohesion Prize; We started the pilot project of screening for HIV and HCV by the Outrech Teams with the support of Associação Abraço and the Gastroenterology Service of Santa Maria Hospital (respectively).

2019

We received the Gold Medal of the Human Rights Award 2019 from Assembleia da República. We started coordinating the Refu’In project. We opened É UM RESTAURANTE. We won the candidacies of the Outreach Teams for another 4 years of the project, financed by SICAD and CML.

2020

We won the António Sérgio Cooperation and Solidarity Award with the project É UMA CASA, Lisboa Housing First. We also won the Caixa Geral de Depósitos “Caixa Social” Award and REN AGIR Award for the É UM RESTAURANTE project.

Culture

We carry out research in our area of intervention, aiming to disseminate technical knowledge, produce scientific knowledge and implement good international practices, as well as social innovation projects in the Harm Reduction field.

We want to promote health, harm reduction and community integration of vulnerable populations through community intervention projects.

We want to improve the living conditions of people who consume legal and illegal psychoactive substances in the city of Lisbon.

We want to contribute to reducing the transmission and for the eradication of infectious diseases (such as Hepatitis C, HIV, Tuberculosis).

We believe in drug liberalization

We believe that a regulated market will avoid a parallel and clandestine economy, avoiding criminal practice and, thus, reducing associated crime levels.
Liberalization makes it possible for organized crime to leave the drug trade, allowing us to regulate and control access to the market (that is, to prescribe, license, control sales to minors, etc.).
Drug users will be able to do this in a less damaging way to their health.

We want to implement Assisted Drug Consumption Rooms in Portugal

Although there is a groundbreaking legal framework and drug consumption has been decriminalised in Portugal, we are still confronted with consumption out in the open, which lacks good health conditions. Assisted drug consumption rooms have proven to be another valid strategy for Harm Reduction: reducing risks of contagious and infectious diseases, reducing deaths by overdose, consolidating health education and promoting contact with other social and health facilities.

We defend the legalization of prostitution

This way, we believe we are protecting sex workers’ human rights, who are forced to live on the fringes of the law. Decriminalising prostitution also means improving health conditions for sex workers.

Intervention and Population

We intervene throughout the city of Lisbon, with a greater focus on areas where vulnerable populations predominate, namely:

Bairro da Cruz Vermelha
Casal Ventoso
Igreja dos Anjos
Intendente
Jardim Constantino
Mouraria
Quinta do Lavrado, Xabregas

Igreja dos Anjos

Bairro da Cruz Vermelha

Casal Ventoso

Intendente

Jardim Constantino

Mouraria

Quinta do Lavrado

Xabregas

 

By ‘population in a vulnerabe situation’ we mean those who find themselves excluded from health and social facilities, not benefiting from their own rights as citizens. Often these people are psycho-logically, emotionally and physically very fragile.

First of all, they are PEOPLE, just like us, who have specific characteristics and deserve our help and support, such as:

Drug users
Alcohol consumers
Sex workers
Homeless people
People seeking asylum

Our Team

Ahmed Ismail

Ahmed Ismail

Monitor

Andreia Pereira

Andreia Pereira

Social Worker

Bruna Silva

Bruna Silva

Social Worker

Alexandra Evaristo

Alexandra Evaristo

Psychologist

António Costa

António Costa

Monitor

Carlos Morgado

Carlos Morgado

Monitor

Américo Nave

Américo Nave

Executive Director

Bárbara Vieira

Bárbara Vieira

Communication Trainee

Catarina Ferreira

Catarina Ferreira

Psychologist

Andreia Alves

Andreia Alves

Coordinator

 Bertille Paquet

Bertille Paquet

Intercultural Mediator

Cátia Faísca

Cátia Faísca

Social Worker

Respect of Human Rights

To guarantee that everybody benefits from all the established rights in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and are treated as unique human beings with specific needs and wills.

Cátia Moreira

Cátia Moreira

Doctor

Diana Gaspar

Diana Gaspar

Psychologist

Florencia Salvia

Florencia Salvia

Coordinator

Cláudia Pereira

Cláudia Pereira

Psychologist

Elda Coimbra

Elda Coimbra

Monitor

Francisca Barreiros

Francisca Barreiros

Coordinator

Cristiana Merendeiro

Cristiana Merendeiro

Coordinator

Élio Lampreia

Élio Lampreia

Coordinator

David Jesus

David Jesus

Chef

Filipa Figueiredo

Filipa Figueiredo

Junior Psychologist

Community Integration

To promote the inclusion of vulnerable people into the community, by encouraging their active par-ticipation.

Gonçalo Janeiro

Gonçalo Janeiro

Monitor

Inês Cruz

Inês Cruz

Social Educator

José Agostinho

José Agostinho

Room Chef

Hélder Trigo

Hélder Trigo

Supervisor

Inês Marinho

Inês Marinho

Nurse

Julia Kowol

Julia Kowol

Psychologist

Ilda Paulino

Ilda Paulino

Caretaker

Joana Gonçalves

Joana Gonçalves

Social Worker

Juliana Henriques

Juliana Henriques

Social Educator

Inês Costa

Inês Costa

Psychologist

Joana Lousão

Joana Lousão

Psychologist

Leonor Narciso

Leonor Narciso

Social Worker

Empowerment

To promote the (re)acquisition of personal and social skills in order to empower and give autonomy to our beneficiaries.

Madalena Carvalho

Madalena Carvalho

Lawyer

Maria Bento Carmona

Maria Bento Carmona

Coordinator

Mafalda Esteves

Mafalda Esteves

Psychologist

Maria Pinto

Maria Pinto

Administrative

Marco Monteiro

Marco Monteiro

Monitor

Mariana Correia

Mariana Correia

Sociologist

Margarida Monteiro

Margarida Monteiro

Psychologist

Mariana Gomes

Mariana Gomes

Social Worker

Proximity

To maintain interpersonal relationships with the target groups as the driving force of our strategic action plan.

Mariana Santos

Mariana Santos

Psychologist

Octávio Patrício

Octávio Patrício

Financial

Marta Brigham

Marta Brigham

Coordinator

Patrícia Silva

Patrícia Silva

Social Worker

Martinho Dias

Martinho Dias

Monitor

Rachid Faridi

Rachid Faridi

Monitor

Nasser Darweesh

Nasser Darweesh

Monitor

Rafael Pereira

Rafael Pereira

Sociologist

We reach out

to vulnerable people in order to improve their lives through Harm Reduction.

Raúl Júnior

Raúl Júnior

Monitor

Solange Ascensão

Solange Ascensão

Criminologist

Vítor Amaral

Vítor Amaral

Monitor

Rita Antunes

Rita Antunes

Psychologist

Sónia Mota

Sónia Mota

Coordinator

Walid Aichi

Walid Aichi

Monitor

Rita Lopes

Rita Lopes

Coordinator

Soraia Cunha

Soraia Cunha

Psychologist

Zidan Shani Baki

Zidan Shani Baki

Monitor

Rita Pereira Marques

Rita Pereira Marques

Psychologist

Vera Teixeira

Vera Teixeira

Psychologist

Awards

The work we do on a daily basis has been recognized in many ways, one of which is through prizes and awards. Our many thanks for those!

Our Partners

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