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Casa da Luz (”home of light”) is a temporary emergency shelter, located in Carnide in Lisbon, for vulnerable teenage girls and their younger siblings.

SGS employee at Casa da Luz

Providing a safe place for up to 30 young people, the home provides essential basic care as well as personal monitoring of each young person by a multidisciplinary technical team, to protect and ultimately support their transition back into society.

SGS Portugal’s employees volunteered to transform the living room of the home into a quiet space for the girls to relax. They also donated books and other materials to encourage the girls to read and socialize and to reduce their feelings of stress and anxiety.