CÁRITAS COIMBRA - WHO ARE WE?
Cáritas Diocesana de Coimbra is a non-profit organisation (Private Institution of Social Solidarity) that supports people and communities in 5 districts of the Central Region of Portugal, in the areas of health, education, social and pastoral care.
Cáritas de Coimbra has nearly 90 centres (with 120 different responses) in Coimbra´s Diocese, supporting more than 20.000 people/year. For this purpose Caritas Coimbra has about 950 employees and 150 volunteers.
Intervention areas: Education; Health; Social Support; Family and Community; Children and Youth at Risk; Elderly; HIV/AIDS; Addiction; Homelessness; Community Intervention; Training; Summer camps and Social Tourism.
This work is annually organized by sector of activity or area of expertise, creating joint plans for each scope of the intervention and the different directors in each area meet regularly to coordinate their activities and guidelines. Employees working in the different areas of intervention are people with many years of professional experience and specific training.
Cáritas de Coimbra supports senior citizens for several decades, with 13 day care centres, 18 home care services, 3 nursing homes, 1 chronic disability / impairment home, 2 long term care units, 1 medical and rehabilitation clinic and 1 summer camp for senior citizens – overall Cáritas supports about 1100 elderly in these services, plus around 4000 people in the medical and rehabilitation clinic (at least half of which are elders).
Cáritas de Coimbra develops work connected to the support of disadvantaged people for several decades, with 1 social support centre, 1 social integration income program, 2 social canteens; 1 therapeutic community, 1 day care centre, 2 street teams and a social rehabilitation apartment for people with drug abuse problems, 1 support centre for people with HIV, 1 temporary accommodation centre for homeless people, 2 community centres, 1 reintegration community for women (with or without children). Overall, in this area alone, Cáritas supports about 4000 / 4500 people each year.
CHILDREN AND YOUTH
Cáritas de Coimbra promotes education and support to children and youngsters since the 1970’s, with 4 day care centres, 2 kindergarten; 48 leisure activities centres; 1 youth care home, 1 children at risk care home, 1 youth summer camp; 1 team for drugs and sexuality prevention and cross-curricular enrichment activities, involving, overall near 10.000 people each year.