Göttingen’s biggest hot spots are Gronerlandstraße 9a/b and the Idunazentrum. They are near the central station. Additional hot spots are Hagenweg and the Grone district. Many people live in difficult living conditions; financial hardship, dependencies, and loneliness characterize them.
Often the help available is unknown. We guide these preciouses people to already existing help and counseling services. We also support them in overcoming cultural and language barriers, among other things. The goal of the Hope Center Göttingen is to be close to the needy, in the hot spots, to meet the people’s needs, build relationships, and be a bridge to all current offers available in the city.
Bringing hope to Göttingen.
ON SITE HELP:
Hope Office, Hagenweg
Head of House of Hope Göttingen
37081 Göttingen, Germany
CONTACT HOPE CAFÉ:
Agnes Wentland & Johanna Klenk
+49 (0)551 70893329
HOPE FOR CHILDREN
Groner Landstraße 9 is one of the biggest hotspots in Göttingen. The people’s poverty is great, and the proportion of welfare recipients is over 60 percent. Drug addiction, violence, crime, and police operations are often part of life. Around 430 families, mainly from Eastern Europe, live in cramped housing conditions. The building was built in 1978 and is ‘affectionately’ called the “bunker” by the residents. About 80 children live in the bunker and experience a harsh reality daily. Criminal circumstances influence some kids to become criminals at an early age. They also get in touch with drugs.
In the “KIDSClub,” children can experience a difference: a violence-free zone and a respectful togetherness. We want to be role models, friends, and trusted advisors to the children for all their needs.
We believe that every child is valuable and can have a wonderful childhood. At KidsClub, we want to help the children from the hotspot of Groner-Landstraße 9 with their social needs and challenges., Moreover, we give them attention and love. Every Saturday, the KIDSClub opens its doors for fun, games, cooking, handicrafts, and a creative message that gives the children hope and teaches them values such as courage for their lives.
In addition, we start excursions together. We also build relationships with the parents and support and help them. That includes visiting the authorities or guiding them to existing help and counseling services.
Hope Café Göttingen
SOCIAL STARTUP (SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP)
Welcome to the Hope Cafe Göttingen! Your visit gives people hope. You are invited to enjoy good coffee and homemade cakes. With every purchase, you do something good. The profit of the Café flows into the social projects in Göttingen. We help and give hope to children, the homeless, drug addicts, prisoners, and prostitutes. We draw people’s attention to the needs of the people and the hot spots in Göttingen.
Each bean travels a long way in the production chain. Many people are passionately involved in this chain of creation. COFYMI’s coffee comes from Colombia, Peru, or Nepal and is organically grown. COFYMI has personal contact with coffee farmers. Our goal is that the people who earn from the coffee are the ones who harvest and process it. COFYMI’s coffee comes directly from the producers. The key to a stable and higher income for coffee farmers is to support their high-quality coffee. To support this social mission, we are willing to pay more for the beans we use.
Mon – Fri
9:00 am – 5:30 pm
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
HOPE FOR TEENAGE GIRLS
In the hot spot of Gronerlandstraße 9a/b, many teens are heavily challenged by their circumstances. Many young women become pregnant early, have early contact with drugs and alcohol, and often drop out of school early. They lack a healthy future outlook. The language barriers and negative role models they experience daily make it difficult for them to integrate into society.
At Gronergirls, we aim to reach girls from 13 to 18 years old in the hot spot of Gronerland Straße. Our team consists of young women passionate about inspiring girls, being friends and role models, building relationships and trust, and assisting them in creating good future plans.
We help the girls recognize their value and potential through workshops and theme nights. Practically, we help the girls with school work and find solutions such as the arrangement of internships. Through our mentoring program, each girl can have a staff member as a confidant. Moreover, we start regular day trips and have a lot of fun playing games, doing handicrafts, and cooking!
Help in Hagenweg Göttingen
HOPE FOR PEOPLE IN A HOT SPOT
There are 160 apartments in the Hagenweg 20 housing complex. Many apartments are in terrible conditions due to partially destroyed living space, mold, and heaps of vermin. People end up in Hagenweg due to severe life crises. Breaking out of unemployment, addictions, and criminality is brutal.
The House of Hope team wants to show the precious people in Hagenweg that they are not forgotten. We have a Hope Office in the Hagenweg building to give them help and guidance and to encourage them. We support through counseling and the provision of material support. We want to help them get out of their hardships, pursue education, and to find jobs to secure their independence from social welfare.
We network with other aid organizations and governmental entities, such as the city of Göttingen. We share our resources to develop projects that create an optimal offer for needy people. Locally, we try to be a bridge to all existing help and counseling services.