A Giving Community


Germans love bureaucracy, order and community service. There are many government programs that support those in need in addition to charity organizations. 

What community need did I learn about?:

I learned more about the different ways Germans are charitable. Charity does not have to be shown through donating money, although this is a popular way to be charitable. Giving back to the community comes in many forms. The school I work at serves lower-income populations and kids of diverse backgrounds. Thinking about the kids and their needs made me curious about the other programs and charities in the city. 

Why does the community have this need?:

Drug problems exist everywhere in the world. Germany is no exception, but I did not realize that there was a free rehab clinic in Saarbrücken until last week. Of all the charities and community outreach programs I know of in the city, I choose to focus on the clinic because Saarbrücken has a fairly large population that struggles, or has struggled, with substance abuse issues. The state I currently live in, Saarland, is one of the poorest in Germany.

Is this need being met? How?:

The “Drogehilfezentrum” (drug rehab center) is there for anyone who struggles with an addiction to hard drugs or another form of serious addiction problem. The center is confidential, free, and supportive.