With this campain, WelcomeHome intends to raise 6.000€ to rehabilitate a building and, thus, create the WelcomeHOME Spot.
With this campain, WelcomeHome intends to raise 6.000€ to rehabilitate a building and, thus, create the WelcomeHOME Spot. The building itself has 16 square meters and its located in Rua do Souto (Sé, Porto). This support will enable WelcomeHOME to continue its work with the homeless people community, mainly through the creation of the WelcomeHOME Spot – a point of reference for guided tours conducted by homeless people and also a place to market products developed by WelcomeHOME (Postcards, Tote Bags ...).
With this new project, we intend to continue our mission and create added opportunities for integration and sustainability for homeless people in the city of Porto.
The campaign is being developed with the support of the Transversal Area of Social Economy of the Catholic University and the EDP Foundation. Collaborate with us too, either through individual or institutional donations, and join the campaign. Help WelcomeHOME continue its work with the homeless community.
About the author
WelcomeHOME is a Social Solidarity Cooperative, founded in 2014, and our mission is to promote the training, support and job placement of homeless people in the city of Porto. WelcomeHOME Tours was the first activity developed, former or actual homeless people are tour guides and offer a differentiated view of the city, both in both in historical content and in life experiences. Also, we have created products for sale, such as, for instance, postcards with photos captured by homeless people and tote-bags with original illustrations made by local artists.
The commercialization of these products emerged with the objective of raising alternative revenues that may contribute to the sustainability of the Cooperative. In addition to the activities identified, WelcomeHOME also works on the "Platform + Emprego" project, which, in turn, aims to promote training and job placement for homeless people. Since 2013 it has been possible to collaborate in the employability process of 35 citizens and also to develop 2 courses in basic skills directed exclusively to these individuals. WelcomeHOME also collaborates with "Vozes do Silêncio", a cultural project created with the objective of promoting the active participation of homeless people and also raising awareness of this social problem through different forms of artistic expression.
WecomeHOME has already collaborated in the development of 5 seminars on the problem and also supported the film "Silêncio" by Christophe Bisson, where the actors are homeless people. Currently, WelcomeHOME is participating in the development of a book on the subject.
Budget and due dates
The 6,000 € in question are to requalify a space of 16 square meters that needs to be intervened, specifically in the creation of sanitation and interior renovations. If the campaign is successful, we aim to proceed with the intervention by the end of 2017.