It was no trouble for UNICBLUE to install new walls to help the charity organisation Caritas expand its existing clothing bank project in Rotthausen.
The Caritas clothing bank in Gelsenkirchen was set up on the premises of the former St. Mariä Himmelfahrt parish offices in Rotthausen in January 2015 (Richard-Wagner-Straße 3).
As many as 80 people seek help there every day it is open. It is mainly families from Bulgaria and Romania who come to get help from the approx. 20 Caritas volunteers.
The idea recently was recently put forward of offering to support children and young people with their homework and with learning German. “We now have a very good cooperation with Dahlbusch lower secondary school. The kids in the remedial classes there have the option to spend some extra study time with us,” says Sabine Wiesweg, head of the clothing bank.
However, only one large room is available. Since UNICBLUE attaches great importance to both migrant aid and neighbourly assistance – especially in the Rotthausen district right now – the company did not hesitate to help install a room partition in the clothing bank. Mobile partition walls are used so as to be able to use the whole of the spacious area at once if need be. “To keep costs as low as possible, we’re using discarded trade fair material and adapting it as needed,” says project manager Christian Waleczek. In this way the children can study in peace and quiet while clothing, books and toys are handed out to migrants.
Completion is planned by the end of the summer holidays at the latest so as to be able to offer homework supervision entirely independently of the clothing bank opening times; the extra space generated can also be used for other programmes such as a women’s breakfast meet-up.