Social engagement for disadvantaged groups, especially young people, has always been a focus at GEZE. The family business supports Seehaus e.V. in Leonberg as part of this engagement. This charitable organisation works both to re-integrate young men with criminal backgrounds and to integrate unaccompanied minor refugees into society. In order to foster a sense of community and team spirit among these young people, GEZE CEO Brigitte Vöster-Alber donated a foosball table to the facility. GEZE trainees delivered the table on 25 April 2017 in the presence of Seehaus founder Tobias Merckle. He also founded the foundation Hoffnungsträger Stiftung. This foundation works on behalf of refugees and asylum seekers applying for protection in Germany.
For a better future: GEZE supports Hoffnungsträger Stiftung
The foundation has developed an integration concept by forming so-called “hope houses” (Hoffnungshäuser). “The purpose of these houses is to create integrative residential spaces where refugees and native Germans live together. This is one way we contribute to successful integration” says Tobias Merckle. “Besides practical support, for instance through language training and preparation for the job market, a hope house allows residents to get to know one another and find community. This is how strangers can become friends”.
Having fun together and learning something new: on 25 April 2017, GEZE trainees delivered a foosball table to the Seehaus e.V. charitable organisation in Leonberg. Photo: GEZE GmbH
A hope house opened its doors in Leonberg in September of 2016, offering an integrative living experience for over 30 refugees. As a company situated in Leonberg, GEZE is collaborating with the foundation Hoffnungsträger Stiftung, and will be working on a long-term basis to integrate its residents into the job market. Besides offering application training sessions and internships in various departments with the goal of providing these young people an education or permanent employment, the company's engagement also focuses on social integration. For instance, through events at which GEZE trainees get to know residents of the hope house, helping them to get over their fears of contact with others and making it easier for them to get used to everyday life in their new home.
“As a company situated in Leonberg, we are proud to support trusted organisations like Seehaus e.V. and Hoffnungsträger Stiftung. We believe it is our human duty and responsibility to help integrate refugees into German society” says Brigitte Vöster-Alber, Chief Executive Officer of GEZE. “And, last but not least, it is also a major benefit for us as a company that we are able to add new professionals to the GEZE team. This ensures we can continue producing goods ‘made in Germany’ at the highest level of quality”.