The Living Room

We've lived in Coimbra, Portugal since 2010. During that time we've fallen in love with the city and the families that live here, getting to know many of them. For the past seven years we have hosted events in our home, everything from baby showers to birthday parties, Halloween parties to Taco Tuesday.

One thing that is missing in this city of 150,000 is a location suitable for families to gather and spend time together. Our dream is to create a Living Room for the city, a space where parents can enjoy a café and their kids can play and entertain themselves. A little over two years ago we resigned from our jobs in order to pursue this dream full-time. The Living Room has been well received by our friends here and now we are asking for help to make our dream a reality and help bring the city together. 

Our home is no longer big enough to fit our vision so we have located a building in the middle of one of the family districts which would work perfectly. Your giving will go towards helping us purchase a building and renovate it into the perfect space for any type of event. 

Hosting community dinners, providing a location for birthday parties, hosting work meetings and encouraging other local small businesses through workshops are just some of the key activities we will focus on to begin with. 

We all want to belong to a community and to feel a part of something bigger. This happens as we develop relationships and share our lives. The purpose of the Living Room is to create the space where this type of shared life can take place. 

I can say with confidence that your contribution will help change the lives of families in Coimbra and if you are ever in town stop in for a café and let us get to know you as well. Thank you.


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  • Brenda Sanders 
    • €110 
    • 2 d
  • Sandra Smith 
    • €100 
    • 3 d
  • Rachel Setliffe 
    • €50 
    • 3 d
  • Christina Elledge  
    • €125 
    • 4 d
  • Keith Williamson 
    • €100 
    • 4 d
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Michael Gerecke 
Coimbra, São Roque do Pico, Portugal
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