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In June 2001, a group pf 21 persons gathered around a dinner table. All shared the same desire: to pool their experiences, knowledge, and availability to help the homeless and the families in need in the city of Lisbon.

They decided to set a working group to take note of the proposals, coordinate the contribution and to bring in more persons with aligned with these concerns and objectives.

The group started its activities with a budget of 800 escudos (the then currency) – the remaining of the dinner bill.

The group met again, this time at the premises of an association that offered the space
for the meeting. For six months, a group was elected for coordination.

A name was found to the project: Associação Auxílio e Amizade, a non-profit association with the aim of providing aid to the homeless, families, elderly and to the bedridden.

A working area at the parish of Castelo, S. Vicente de Fora, S. Miguel, Santo Estêvão, Santago and Sé, in the center of Lisbon, was chosen.

The group contacted the local authorities to inform on the project and to seek for support.

A few months later the project was submitted to the approval of the Municipality of Lisbon, Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa, and Social Security. It was approved.

Still in 2001, a meeting was held for incorporation of Associação Auxílio e Amizade with the participation of 56 founders.

After completion of all legal proceedings, the bodies of the Association took office on the 4 th of January 2004.

The Association has been growing over the years and widening the number of persons for whom social assistance, training and psychological support is needed. Our activities are performed based on volunteer work.

At first, the Association headquarters were located at friend’s association but as we grew premises were rented for the association to develop its day-to-day activities.

Associação Auxílio e Amizade is a non-profit IPSS (a private institution for Social Solidarity) legally incorporated on 18 December 2001.