No, Jens and Nina Kutscher from Bockenheim had not planned their engagement from the start. One led to the other, and suddenly the two had set up a large network of helpers. Together with Anna Glöckner and Alla Raumland, the coaches arrange apartments for Ukrainian war refugees. So far, they have accommodated almost 30 people in the area, most of them in their hometown of Bockenheim, but also in Grünstadt and Eisenberg.
It all started when Jens Kutscher went to Poland for the “Obrigheim hilft” alliance to bring emergency aid to the Ukrainian border. Even then he had established contact with some Poles. Later he drove there in a minibus, brought emergency aid and took people with him to Germany. In the meantime, however, the mediation takes place exclusively through private contacts: Ukrainians contact the Bockenheims, and they then look for suitable housing in the area.
The interests must match
In doing so, they pay particular attention to the fact that the hosts also match the guests. For example, if there are children of the same age, they can play together or share the toy. But it is also better for adults if their basic interests match, says Nina Kutscher. You should be aware that you are entering a shared apartment whose duration is not clearly foreseeable. It may be over in a few weeks, but it can also take months. So far, however, it has harmonized in all families, adds Jens Kutscher.
The host families should also be responsible, for example when it comes to registering housing for which there is a subsidy from the municipality. Of course, the volunteers are always ready to offer help and advice.
The Ukrainians who live in Bockenheim and the surrounding area meet once a week. About a week ago, there was a meeting on the bowling alley TSV. It is important to exchange ideas, says Nina Kutscher. There is also a lot of talk about the home and pictures are shown.
One week later, last Thursday, the group drove to Obersülzen. Here, helpers around Nina Schneider are involved in Ukraine Café. About 60 people – refugees and helpers – met here to exchange ideas. The 29-year-old Ukrainian Tayu Krenytska, a passionate hobby baker with his own Instagram channel, baked the cakes. The campaign is repeated in May.
Schneider had the idea for the meeting between all Ukrainians in Leiningerland together with Sabine Krück-Beyer. The head of the Grünstadt fitness studio Venice Beach had proposed organizing Ukraine Café in SV Obersülzen’s premises. Here the children can play football together, while the adults can eat cake and exchange ideas in the “Sülzer Tor”. She had received permission from her father, SVO chairman Norbert Bölger, over the “family phone”.
Krück-Beyer also launched an event through her employer: a free workout in her gym. The study leader is convinced that sport creates connections. And the team has also achieved something cultural: Grünstadter Filmwelt offers refugees a free cinema film in Ukrainian – including popcorn and drinks. “Hopefully it creates a bit of normality,” Schneider said.
The driver also hopes that normalcy will return. And when the war is over, Jens Kutscher already has a plan: “Then I sit in the mobile home with my wife and visit everyone. It will be a wonderful holiday in Ukraine. ”