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Project: Emergency aid for homeless people

What is the project about?


Do you regularly enjoy little lockdown walks on the weekend? Despite icy temperatures, it is currently the most popular leisure activity. However, for many people there is another reality. There are currently over 600,000 homeless people in Germany. Last year around 40,000 of them lived on the streets. Besides the cold weather, homelessness also means being much more exposed to COVID-19. The emergency accommodation Ohlauerstrasse in Berlin, provides its guests with food and a free place to sleep. Unfortunately, due to the lack of funds, this project can only be offered to a limited extent.


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Current situation

The facility offers overnight accommodation for up to 100 homeless people during the winter months. People receive a free breakfast and dinner with their overnight stay. For many of them, these are the only two meals they eat all day. In the past few months, the guests have been able to already call in the facility in the afternoon and thus protect themselves from the cold and diseases such as COVID-19. In January, the state funds were canceled, which had previously co-financed the project by 50%. The other half is financed by the "Johanniter", a Protestant organization, which operates the emergency accommodation. All employees (except for the head of the facility), who work in the emergency shelter, work on a voluntary basis. Most of the money is spent on the the necessary security, which is unavoidable for security reasons.

What do they need?

To ensure that the accommodation will still be open in the afternoons over the winter, 40,000 € are required. In addition to that, there is a need of warm jackets, sleeping bags and food such as coffee, oil and sugar for its guests.
What you can do to support the project:
You can directly donate for the project by using the donation form on the Johanniter website. Just click here.

More about the project: Johanniter