For a new employee of the Arche, a 120 square meter apartment should be gutted. The apartment is located directly at the Arche site in a former school building. Proximity is important because the social worker will also take care of 24-hour emergency services there. A large part of the trainees therefore grabbed the spatula and ladder to remove the aged wallpaper from the walls. As PSA specialists, of course, they were equipped with appropriate protective equipment.
And while some apprentices protected themselves from stubborn wallpaper glue with sturdy protective gloves, for hygiene reasons the others used thinner protective gloves because their hands were stuck in cookie dough. In the afternoon, common baking cookies with the children was on the program: cut out shapes, decorate them and push the finished tricks into the oven.
The preliminary work should pay off, because the crowds at the tables was large when the children came to the Arche after school. The kids really enjoyed decorating the cookies and showed a lot of imagination. They were actively supported by the "Team igefa".
The trainees also had toys, children's clothing and two children's bicycles, which were collected by the igefa staff prior to the appointment.
The very well-preserved things were distributed as needed either to families or used in the facilities of the Arche.
In addition, igefa also provided the Hellersdorf location with numerous cleaning and hygiene items - such as sponges, bin liners and detergents.
The Ark is a social institution that primarily looks after children and young people from socially disadvantaged families.
The children receive a free lunch in more than 20 locations in Germany and benefit from many learning and leisure activities.
In Berlin-Hellersdorf, up to 300 children between the ages of 2 and 18 are cared for per day. From 12 to 18 o'clock the facility opens its doors. For schoolchildren, care is taken to get the homework done first. After that, a variety of activities are offered: From guitar or cooking class to the "treasure hunt" to the football tournament. While the little ones let off steam in the so called "Gummizelle", the older kids use the premises, for example, on Fridays for a disco evening or play a job interview with Arche employees.
The family businesses within igefa have been contributing for many years to improving the situation of disadvantaged and needy people. Action days, such as the one in the Arche, are also an important part of the training program of igefa, which hires new, motivated apprentices every year.
"We are very proud of our apprentices, who do not consider these appointments a chore, but a matter of course and valuable experience," explains trainer Michaela Berndt.