Asylum working group: serving people for 32 years

asylum working group: serving people for 32 years

1986 he was founded. Even though it has had to and still has to adapt to changing circumstances, the asylum working group is as important today as it has ever been.

It is quite something going on this tuesday afternoon in the community accommodation in the innopark. Volunteers and refugees meet on the first floor for the "cafe international". Families with small children are there, young men from syria talk to women from somalia. A father has his two children on the pushchair and is beaming all over his face. The noise level is high, the conversations are animated.

Spontaneous helpers

The years 2014 and 2015 were a challenge for all those involved in the refugee issue. So many people came in such a short time. Also in the district of kitzingen. The asylum working group had to reorganize itself, especially since founding members such as helmut rompp or inge and karsten hendrich were no longer the youngest. The work could not be done alone.

The district office with the group leader for asylum, karin dorfler, at the forefront, took over the coordination, new groups of helpers such as the circle of friends for refugees were founded, and volunteers were spontaneously found in the villages of the district. In the meantime, the decentralized accommodations are being dissolved and the refugees are being housed centrally. For the district, this means: in kleinlangheim and in kitzingen, asylum seekers will still be living in shared accommodations as of mid-2019.

Practical help

"In view of all these developments, we asked ourselves where our task could lie in the future," says katrin anger, who has been active in the asylum working group for 15 years. The answer has long since been found: in networking, in coordinating the various helpers. All groups active in refugee work should be brought together at one table.

The representatives of the individual groups meet regularly four times a year – and additionally during the preparation of festivities or events. Katrin anger speaks of a good and lively exchange.

Naturally, the AK asylum wants to continue to financially support the activities of the volunteers. Thanks to donations and an annual grant from the district administration, excursions and summer parties, for example, can be sponsored. "We want to continue to offer practical help," assures paul greubel, managing director of caritas in kitzingen, under whose umbrella the AK asylum is based.

Empty refrigerator

There's plenty to do: helping new arrivals at the shared accommodation in the innopark, for example. The best way is pragmatic. Asylum seekers often arrive in kitzingen on a weekend. The fridge is empty, no one knows their way around town. AK-member sieglinde schraut then goes shopping with the newcomers.

Paul greubel himself gives math tutoring, katrin anger organizes the cafe international. Since september 2017 kitzingen and refugees meet once a month in the community room in the innopark. "Little by little the atmosphere in the innopark is changing, piece by piece", katrin anger has noticed.

Of course, decentralized accommodation would have been better, says marion stohr, who is also active in AK asylum. There were many circles of helpers in the villages who lent a hand unbureaucratically and actively. "Integration succeeded more easily in many cases."

Now there is a house for men and one for families in innopark. With an honorary pass you can easily get past the well-secured entrance gate. Nevertheless, "access to people has become more difficult," says paul greubel. Nevertheless, there are always new departures, new possibilities for cooperation and new helpers.

Tutoring and doctor visits

There is still a lot to do: writing cvs, organizing transport services to doctors or authorities, giving german courses, tutoring in other school subjects or simply being a contact person.

The asylum working group will continue to retain its importance and will adapt to the respective conditions and challenges. Anger is convinced of this. "Migratory movements will always exist", she says. "And we want to be there when help is needed."