Sant Joan de Déu Terres de Lleida – Almacelles is a centre which, among its services, provides institutional foster care for unaccompanied minors aimed at their social, community and labour integration. This centre belongs to the Hospital Order of St. John of God, which is one of the largest international non-profit cooperation organizations in the world.
Due to the strong increase in the arrivals of Unaccompanied Minors (UAMs) during the period from 2015-2018 in the Catalonia region, in April 2018, the centre opened a first Reception and Integral Care Centre to host UAMs. Here they learn the language, enter formal education and vocational trainings, to work on their autonomy and independency. In October 2018, an Emergency Protection Center was created as entry way for UAMs to the protection system. To reinforce the transition to autonomy, in May 2019 an Assisted Flat Service was then created for young people aged 16 to 18. Currently, the centre helps more than one hundred young unaccompanied migrants.
The project is funded with governmental funds - Directorate General for Child Care (DGAIA) of the Department of Work, Social Affairs and Families (TASIF), and by the Foundation Sant Joan de Déu Terres de Lleida.