What we do

Child Sponsorship

The Sponsorship Programme gives the possibility of any individual, whether a resident in Portugal or abroad, to sponsor a child from a family with financial shortages. Those who sponsor a child contribute at least € 26 a month, which will be fully given to the family for the purchase of school supplies, food, health care or other needs of the child.

Over the years, many have been dedicated godparents who go far beyond the minimum requirements, seeking to establish a lasting friendship with their godchildren and influencing their lives in a positive way.


Tel: 214 549 000

E-mail: apadrinhamento@abla.org

Social Insertion Income Department

We have in operation the Department of Social Assistance, through a protocol signed with the Institute of Social Security in the scope of Social Insertion Income. This income consists of a cash benefit for the household, which contributes to the satisfaction of essential needs and which involves an insertion programme, which favors the progressive inclusion work-wise, socially and community-wise.

This Department is aimed at monitoring 360 RSI beneficiary families residing in S. Domingos de Rana. In addition to seeking to find out the different realities in which these families live, the technicians, together with the families themselves, define strategies for change so that there can be a transformation in the lives of these people. Families are accompanied by home visits, job search courses, training, housing demand, organization of daily life, amongst others.

ABLA believes in the effective empowerment of these families. In this way, it continues daily to feel challenged in the preparation of new intervention strategies, in order to overcome the difficulties and obstacles that are emerging along the way.


Tel: 214 549 000

E-mail: rsi1@abla.org

Social Reinsertion

In recent years, ABLA has given an internship / job opportunity to more than 30 people. We know it is a "drop in the ocean" but if all entities offer such opportunities, the rate of social exclusion will certainly be less.

The fact is that labor market integration is only the beginning of a person's dignification. The ABLA has received ex-drug addicts or ex-prisoners. Many of them had not had contact with the family for many years, had serious health problems and did not have decent housing.

Our association is not limited to opening a vacancy, but accompanies and encourages the employees involved to take all these steps towards a fully active and inserted life in society, and we take an interest in their family contacts, their health and appearance and try to generate a social network that can serve as anchor in difficult times.

The Institute of Employment and Vocational Training has been a partner to highlight this project of insertion through the Life-Employment Projects (for former drug addicts and ex-prisoners), Insertion Employment Contract (for beneficiaries of RSI - Social Integration Income) and Professional Internships and Qualification-Employment.


Tel: 214 549 000

E-mail: geral@abla.org

Social Support Department

The Social Support Department is characterized by being a service area open to the community, with particular emphasis on inhabitants in the municipality of Cascais, namely the parishes of Carcavelos, Parede and S. Domingos de Rana.

Many people are seeking this response because of unemployment, illness or lack of family support. We have received many requests for financial aid to pay for medicines, water, electricity, gas and rents in arrears.

The service is performed every Tuesday, by prior appointment and delivery of food baskets is accomplished on the same day. In addition, twice a year, in partnership with Social Security (PCAAC), it is possible to distribute food in larger quantities to many families in the municipality of Cascais. Every year more than 500 requests are attended to and more than 400 families receive food support. It is also common to request support for clothing, footwear, school supplies, appliances or furniture, which we try to respond with the help of donors and partner entities.

But more than providing these material supports, our mission is also to get people to believe in a better tomorrow and to believe in their own capacity to build the future. Worthy of mention is the important partnership work that is carried out with the various social institutions of the county of Cascais and of the Union of the Parish of Carcavelos and Parede, in order to direct people who come to us, to enable social responses to become more profitable and to increase the resources available for training, becoming more self autonomous and acquiring family competences.


Tel: 214 549 000

E-mail: social@abla.org

Transition Houses

Transition houses have the purpose of sheltering, accompanying, supporting and reinserting women in situations of vulnerability and social exclusion for a temporary period, working on their social, personal, professional and parental skills. Ex-prisoners, victims of domestic violence with a security risk.

The Lighthouse House was inaugurated in May 2017 and is located in the parish of Parede, Cascais municipality, while the Anchor House, located in the parish of Colares, Sintra, will be inaugurated soon.

During their time in the transition house, women are involved in all household chores, proper to the management and maintenance of a dwelling, as well as in courses and workshops. In addition, women are oriented towards active job-seeking, vocational training, health-care at the local health centere and children's school attendance.


Tel: 214 549 000

E-mail: casas.transicao@abla.org

Social Support


Dulce Glinka

She has been in charge of the Social Support department since 1985 and, according to her, ABLA has been her "life school". Every day she seeks to cultivate hope in the lives of the needy in a practical and direct way.

Maria Rodolpho

Graduated in Psychology, she has been collaborating with ABLA since 2006. She has been working for several years with ABLA's "Meetings with Response" project, where she accompanied hundreds of drug addicts and homeless people from the municipality of Cascais. Currently she coordinates one of the two teams that work in the RSI Office in S. Domingos de Rana.

Miriam Mateus

In 2009 she joined the ABLA team and currently coordinates one of the two teams that accompany the RSI Office staff. Graduated in Psychology, she also conducts consultations through the Psychology Office provided by ABLA.

Marta Carreira

PhD in Sociology, she joined the ABLA team in 2003. She has already collaborated as an assistant to the Director and supervises youth in CATL. Currently, she coordinates the management of the Houses of Transition, seeking to accompany, train and inspire the most unprotected.

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