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The Living Room

€6,677 of €80,000 goal

Raised by 52 people in 11 months
Created February 20, 2018
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, to feel a part of something bigger and included. 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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Update 6
Posted by Michael Gerecke
4 months ago
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We are 99% positive we FINALLY have our new HOME, both for the Living Room and our family, settled upon! This is a building that has been abandoned for over 10 years. We actually fell in love with it about 6 years ago and began dreaming even back then of what we could do with this space, but we never could find out who owned it. Until about a month ago. How this has come to be is truly a miracle and we can't wait to share all about it in the coming weeks and months! With your continued support...we can reach the point of being 100% sure this is the place and have the keys in hand within weeks! Oh the things that God can do through this space....!
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Update 5
Posted by Michael Gerecke
5 months ago
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Queremos muito ver este projeto concretizado! O Michael e a Cristi são amigos muito especiais e inspiradores para nós! Participámos em diversos eventos organizados por eles (churrascos, Thanksgiving, Flag Football, etc) que poderão passar a ser realizados neste novo local. Temos a certeza que o "The Living Room" será o espaço onde todos vão querer estar.

We really want to see this project alive! Both Michael and Cristi are special and truly inspiring friends to us! We've joined several events organized by them (barbecue, Thanksgiving, Flag Football, etc) that might be performed in this new space. We are sure that "The Living Room" will be where everyone wants to spend their time.
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Update 4
Posted by Michael Gerecke
7 months ago
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Just a brief update on our progress. We are still working with banks here to get the building. We have more meetings scheduled for this week and have received promising news from one bank in particular so we are hopeful to have some real progress soon. Thanks for all your support and encouragement and for being a part of The Living Room.
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Update 3
Posted by Michael Gerecke
8 months ago
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Here we have Rita and Duarte...an adorable brother/sister duo! They encouraged us to start an English conversation group for kids and we have had so much fun getting to know them this year. We want to use The Living Room to make this a service we can offer on a wider/more professional scale. Many kids in our city want to learn English and we’d love to help them!
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Raised by 52 people in 11 months
Created February 20, 2018
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