Herz Jesu & Freedomus e.V.
Katharina and her helpers have been travelling to LAGeso once a week since September in order to bring those waiting in line to the community where they not only have a bed for the night but also food and showers.
It all started at mass when Katharina Link asked herself how the refugees lining up at the State of Office for Health and Social Affairs (LAGeSo) could be helped. After discussing the question with another active member of the Herz Jesu Catholic Parish, it became clear that there was only one possible answer: to organise emergency accommodation as soon as possible, especially for the women and children standing in the registration queue every day. It was possible to launch the project quickly thanks to the example of the Herz Jesu community, whose soup kitchen, emergency overnight accommodation for homeless people and Freedomus association is a fine role model for charity work.
Katharina and her helpers have been travelling to LAGeSo once a week since September in order to bring those waiting in line to the community where they not only have a bed for the night but also food and showers. Katharina still remembers a woman from Afghanistan who was separated from her husband and children during the bus transfer from another city in Germany. She was completely desperate, as she had no idea how she would find her family in a foreign country. But thanks to the help of the Herz Jesu community, and the Red Cross’s tracing service, everyone was reunited two days alter. “Some things in Germany really do work well,” said Katharina.
The need for emergency overnight accommodation has dropped recently, as there has been a bus transfer service from LAGeSo to other emergency accommodation, but this doesn’t mean that Katharina and her helpers are stopping their support work. At the start of November, for example, they organised the first evening get-together in the community when guests in the emergency accommodation cooked for Katharina and her team. More of these evenings are planned to take place in the future, but winter is approaching and this will be a particularly difficult time for those standing in the queue at LAGeSo.
Herz Jesu Catholic Parish, Berlin Mitte/ Prenzlauer Berg
Fehrbelliner Straße 99
Freedomus – Hilfe für Flüchtlinge mitten in Berlin e. V. (help for refugees in middle of Berlin)
The neighbourhood meeting with refugees takes place at St. Adalbert’s Church, Torstraße 168, every Thursday from 5pm to 8pm.