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The European Commission’s Trainees’ Committee raises 922 euros for the cause of helping the homeless in Luxembourg

The European Commission offers in-service traineeship programmes to candidates selected from a pool of approximately 40.000 applicants each year. During the five months of working for the Commission trainees also have the opportunity to create different subcommittees based on their interests and organize activities related to these in their free time. The Trainees’ Charity Subcommittee's goal during the stage has been to raise money for the cause of helping homeless people in Luxembourg by cooperating with two associations that provide efficient re-integration programmes for them. The small but enthusiastic group of seven trainees ended up raising 922 euros for the cause, from which 725 euros were donated to the association Stёmm vun der Strooss on the 26th of February. The line of events organized by the trainees began with the screening of a student-made short movie entitled Blind Spot, financed by the Fondation Thierry Van Werveke. The event involved an introduction from Ms Alexandra Oxacelay – the Director of Stёmm vun der Strooss – who gave a highly influential speech that did nothing but reinforce the trainees’ wish to contribute to the association’s work. The subcommittee did not lose their enthusiasm during the holiday season either: they raised around 500 [...]

Who are we?

Founded in 1996, the Stëmm vun der Stross (which literally translates to ‘Voice of the Street’) encourages the social and professional integration of underprivileged but also discriminated individuals. Appointed and concerted by the health minister, the non-profit association collaborates with the Luxembourgish Red Cross. The headquarters are located in the capital city, Luxembourg. In 2004, the city of Esch-sur-Alzette additionally offered premises, which enabled the establishment of a second restaurant. Furthermore, the workshop for social reintegration called Schweesdreps is also located in the second-largest city of Luxembourg. During the year of 2014, the Stëmm vun der Stross was able to open new branches in Hollerich, Schoenfels, Tétange and Belvaux. The association mainly supports people who are homeless, unemployed, living on a minimum wage, ex-criminals, asylum seekers, immigrants and people who suffer from addictions such as alcoholism, drugs and medication.

We work for the social and professional integration of the disadvantaged people.

In 2016 Stemm vun der Stross enabled:

  • 71 420 served meals in the social restaurant of Hollerich and 28 710 served meals in the second premise in Esch-sur-Alzette, which is a total of 100 130 served meals (+36,7%);
  • 137 tons of free redistributed food products;
  • 575 medical consultations;
  • 249 individuals who are coached in our workshops of professional reintegration;
  • 230 re-accommodated individuals within the activity and offered service of Immo Stëmm;

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‘I had come to join the Stëmm through another friend. I had been working for a bank most of my life and told myself that I would want to do something different in my retirement, mainly as a volunteer. All my colleagues have been skeptical towards my work at the Stëmm. My loved ones, however, have been very supportive. The first time I started here, I did not know how people would react. I thought that they might be aggressive. But that was not the case at all. Nobody really knew my role. ‘Oh hey, the new guy!’’ Nobody knew that I was in fact a volunteer. Now, I have simply become one of them.’
Nico, 67

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