Situé sur le site du château de Schoenfels, le centre post-thérapeutique de la Stëmm vun der Strooss a ouvert ses portes le 1er juillet 2014.

En octobre 2013, abritée dans des containers, une petite équipe de 5 personnes a débuté les travaux de jardinage sous la direction de Tania Draut. Aujourd’hui, l’équipe encadrante est au complet et elle se compose de 7 travailleurs sociaux, de 3 infirmiers diplômés, d’un chef de cuisine, d’un maître-horticulteur, d’un technicien de l’environnement et opérateur de l’environnement et de la forêt et d’une secrétaire comptable.

Le centre ouvert 365 jours par an peut accueillir un maximum de 30 personnes.

15 d’entre elles peuvent y être hébergées. La seule condition qui leur est imposée est d’avoir achevé avec succès, au Luxembourg ou à l’étranger, une thérapie suite à des problèmes liés à la dépendance.

La consommation d’alcool et/ou de stupéfiants étant strictement interdite, le personnel est amené à procéder régulièrement à des tests de dépistage. Tout résultat positif à ces tests entraîne l’exclusion immédiate.

Post-therapy centre offers new hope to Luxembourg’s homeless

Homeless people in Luxembourg have a new lifeline for getting back on track thanks to a ground-breaking new facility in Schoenfels.

The post therapy centre, which opened on July 1, was officially inaugurated on Friday by homeless charity Stëmm vun der Strooss.

Located on the rural site of the Schoenfels castle, the centre provides support to those who have completed treatment to combat drug or alcohol addiction.

Tania Draut, head of the Schoenfels centre, said that the idea was born 14 years ago.

“The idea for the centre, now the first of its kind in Luxembourg, was met with much resistance from many angles. In October 2013, housed in containers, a small team of five people started gardening work under my supervision.

« Today, the supervising team is complete and consists of seven social workers, three registered nurses, a chef, a gardener, environmental professionals and an accounting secretary. We have come a long way.”

It is one of the many services ran by Stëmm vun der Strooss and it consists of two components: the first is for people coming out of treatment who do have a home. They participate in cooking workshops, gardening and work in the field of environment and nature conservation as well as community work.

The second component was created for people coming out of therapy, who have nowhere to live and want to follow up their treatment with medical, social and educational support.

Stëmm vun der Strooss President Marcel Detaille said: “Thanks to the many collaborators who have made this project possible, not least the commune of Mersch, the administration of public buildings, the architect, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Health and to the employees of Stëmm vun der Strooss.”

Mersch Mayor Albert Henkel said he was delighted that the centre was finally accepted in Schoenfels. “The location is ideal in that it is located out of the city where it is calm and quiet and surrounded by nature.”

Among the guests were François Bausch, Minister of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure, and a representative of the Ministry of Health.

They commended the hard work that has been put into realising the centre and the invaluable support provided for those in need. Stëmm vun der Strooss was praised for its flexibility and quick response in reacting to and finding solutions for serious social problems that arise.

The centre is open 365 days a year and can accommodate up to 30 people with 15 able to live there. The only condition imposed on them is to have successfully completed, in Luxembourg or abroad, a treatment for addiction problems.

Consumption of alcohol and/or drugs is strictly prohibited, with staff required to conduct regular testing. Following the speeches, Stëmm vun der Strooss employees offered guided tours of the premises and there was a reception prepared by the centre’s kitchen workshop.

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By Sarah Pitt

Le projet se compose de deux volets:

  • Le premier s’adresse aux personnes qui sortent de thérapie et qui ont un domicile. Elles sont encadrées dans les ateliers cuisine, jardinage et travaillent dans le domaine de l’environnement et de la protection de la nature. D’autres personnes effectuent un travail d’utilité publique.
  • Le deuxième volet a été créé pour des personnes qui sortent de thérapie, qui n’ont pas d’endroit où se loger et qui souhaitent un suivi médico-socio-pédagogique après leur thérapie. Elles partagent leur chambre avec une deuxième personne.