The Altruistic Association Es Refugi was born in Mallorca in February 1992 aiming to provide care assistance as well as a home, to the homeless people of the island.

During the early years, Es Refugi operates in a hostel located in Apuntadores street in Palma de Mallorca, and focuses its efforts on the placement of drug users by providing them a place to sleep and get washed. It also offers them methadone, syringes and condoms in order to prevent certain diseases.

In 1994, thanks to the local government, Es Refugi begins a new era with its transfer to Sa Placeta, where it continues its same commitment: to provide shelter for drug addicts without family support assets, a place where they can meet their basic needs. A few years later, Es Refugi is again transferred to the Carrilano shelter.

Later, in 1996, the Altruistic Association Es Refugi meets a new goal: the purchase of the possesió Ca l’Arcadia , located on the outskirts of Palma de Mallorca and with very good connections.

Historia del Refugi

In 1999, the entity finally moves to Ca l’Arcadia, and due to the new social reality, starts managing a shelter for immigrant children, until these are served by other centers, managed directly by the relevant social services. At the same time, Ca l’Arcadia center continues to host a shelter for adults.

In 2007, the Altruistic Association Es Refugi ends a thorough reformation of Ca l’Arcadia, which aims to adapt the dependencies to the safety, health and disabled standards, installing ramps and emergency stairs. The facilities are adapted for men and women, with their respective separate toilets.

In 2009, the Balearic Government recognizes the social work carried out by the altruistic association and grants Es Refugi with the Ramon Llull prize, jointly with Can Gazà and Zaqueo.

Subsequently, in 2013 The Association took the decision to expand it´s socal work and opened a communal Kitchen in the same facility as Ca L´Ardiaca.

Currently, the Altruistic Association Es Refugi works with long-term unemployed, overwhelmed by the mortgage defaults that have lost the right to unemployment benefit and family ties broken.