History (1962-2004)

In 1964, the initial training for physically disabled young people was transferred to another institution. Instead, Friedehorst successfully established a vocational training center (“Berufsförderungswerk”) for retraining measures complying with the existing facilities for professional rehabilitation. A boarding school was founded for the students. The apprentices` hostel was converted into a residence hall for physically disabled adults. Therapeutic workshops for the development of manual and creative skills were made available for these people.

The new old people`s homeA modern new building for the nursing of elderly people was built in 1974. Here, knowledge of modern nursing of elderly people was implemented and met with great recognition. It was accepted as a model project by "Kuratorium Deutsche Altershilfe" (Curatory German Old-Age Assistance) and also financially supported by that organisation. Simultaneously, the existing nursing areas were modified and provided with modern equipment.

From 1980 till 1984 Pastor Dr. Klaus Loewer was director of Friedehorst. In March 1985, the existing three sections of elderly people's nursing, support of disabled people and professional rehabilitation were extended by a further section, the Neurological Rehabilitation Center for Children, Adolescents and Young Adults. Due to its successful work, this special clinic for brain-injured young people has received great recognition nationwide. In 1997, these buildings were enlarged to improve treatment possibilities and to create a ward for early rehabilitation.

Also in 1985, Pastor Johann Jakob Münden took over the office of the director. From 1992 Mr Karl-Heinz Dekreon supported him as administration manager. Up to his retirement in 1996 Pastor Münden`s tenure of office was mainly characterized by a restructuring of the directing responsibilities. Important managing tasks were decentralized and transferred to the managers of the respective department which resulted in additional potential for development.

These changes also included the supplementation of the job facilities offered by the vocational advancement center with commercial training, with the adjustment of the training scope for industrial/technical jobs to the current requirements of the labor market, with the integration of the elderly people`s nursing school as well as with the development of integration and advancement measures for people with mental impairments and other specific difficulties on the labor market.

The day care centerIn the department for disabled people, the traditional structures of nursing homes were completely modified to enable the people to develop individuality and permit social integration. Today, the residents live in manageable internal communities and external household communities in different municipal districts of Bremen. The therapeutic workshops changed into a day care center, which beside the manual works offers extensive therapeutic and social educational advancement programs. The residents meet in a leisure club and arrange for spare time activities together with social education workers.

The facilities for elderly people have been developed into different forms of housing, too. One home was modified into a modern apartment building where elderly people can live on their own, but with the availability of social services. A ward for short-term nursing has also been offered since then. A home-care service also offers expert help for people in need of care and attention in their home environment.

Pastor Dr. Georg-Hinrich Hammer became managing director of Friedehorst in September 1996. He promoted the development of new specialised departments from which emerged several further jobs.

In the recent past Friedehorst established a house for special neurological intensive care called “ViaVita” (a ward for coma patients) and a “Kinderhaus” (a home for seven children with disabilities in the neighbourhood of other family-houses). In 2000, the orthopaedic clinic of the Protestant deaconesses changed to a new location and therefore made room for new projects in Friedehorst, e.g. a new house for elderly people with service offers.

The Almata-StiftIn 2003, the “Almata-Stift” (a new type of home for the care for elderly people), some new flats for people with a physical and mental disability as well as the “Bodo-Heyne-Haus” (a home shared by people with disabilities and people with Korsakow syndrome) were founded.
Since 1997, the “Berufsförderungswerk” has extended the job-training, the job-assistance and some special programs in the whole Northwest of Germany (Bremen, Bremerhaven, Stade, Verden, Oldenburg, Wilhelmshaven, Leer, Lingen and Osnabrück). The “Berufsförderungswerk” was the first in Germany to create decentralised advancement and training course offers in a wider region (Elbe/Ems). One of its buildings in Bremen-Lesum received in 2004 the name of one of Friedehorst`s founding fathers: “Eldon-Burke-Haus”.