First frost and high heating costs: rush to Dresden’s warm rooms
By Roland Kaiser
Dresden – The day meeting of the Salvation Army or the night cafes of dresden Church communities primarily serve as a place of refuge for the homeless. Due to rising prices, more and more people with permanent residence are joining them who want or have to put on the brakes when heating.
Therese Obeck (32) knows what a cold apartment feels like. “When the heating system failed in the middle of winter, shortly after the birth of my daughter six years ago, the temperature in the room was no more than twelve degrees,” she recalls of one of the rather less pleasant days of her life.
“Because you just couldn’t get that cold out of your body.” For this reason alone she shows understanding for those who are looking for a warm place elsewhere due to the explosion in energy costs.
One of these is the daily Salvation Army meeting point on Reicker Strasse, which she manages and heats to about 20 degrees. From Monday to Friday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., visitors can get a warm meal there.
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Welm Nikolai (67) picks up his bread ration. At home, the pensioner says, he leaves the radiators off for a variety of reasons. He warms up briefly, then we continue.
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Norman Baumgart (37), on the other hand, is still looking for a permanent home – and a job. He also shows understanding for his fellow citizens and would like to help out in one of the seven night cafés. These went into operation at the beginning of the month.
The community hall of the parish of Zion becomes a place of refuge for the homeless every Friday. But not just for them anymore.
“In the first week we counted three visitors who stayed for supper and warmed up with us before going home again,” says the spokesman for the coordination group, Gerd Grabowski (75). “In the second week there were already twice as many.” Ascending trend.
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The Trinitatishaus on Fiedlerstraße (Sundays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and the rectory of the Laurentius parish on Markusstraße (Mondays, 4 to 6 p.m.) also offer so-called warming rooms.
In order to maintain the offers, however, committed people and donations are needed, as all sides emphasized.
Cover photo: Eric Münch, Ove Landgraf