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François Bausch, Minister of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure, visits Stëmm vun der Strooss.

On 1 February, Stëmm vun der Strooss had the pleasure of welcoming the Minister of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure, François Bausch, to its social restaurant in Hollerich. The visit began with a tour of the premises accompanied by the President of the association, Marcel Detaille, the Vice-President, André Theisen and the Director, Alexandra Oxacelay. The Minister took the opportunity to have lunch on site before heading to the professional reintegration workshop Stëmm Caddy in Bonnevoie. He saw the daily work carried out by the teams on site, but also the need for necessary materials in order to improve working conditions. It is with great interest that the Minister followed the presentation of the project that would allow Stëmm to recover up to 500 tonnes of food a year and thereby limit food waste. The Caddy2/ Schweesdreps2 project would above all contribute to professional reintegration, since the number of people it employs would increase from 50 to 90. Caddy2 would also help to fight against poverty by expanding the list of organisations that benefit from food packs.  

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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