Maisinger Mühle’s social future begins

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Of: Tobias Gmach


Frontwoman Angela Bauer (right) and facility manager Julia Schaumberg (back left) showed the premises until the open day. The homeowners Dr. Klaus Faust and Sabine Frey also want to use the other apartments for social purposes. © Andrea Jaksch

Life returns to the historic Maisinger Mühle. In a few days, the first children will move in, who will be cared for there with curative teaching and psychotherapy. But that is only the beginning of the owners’ social project.

Maising – Just as a ruin can once again become a proud building, a wounded soul can once again become a happy human being. Angela Bauer, chair of the Curative-Psychotherapeutic Child and Adolescent Care (HPKJ), likes this parallel. “It’s a nice picture for our work,” she said of the open day at the end of the old Maisinger mill. The house that until recently was a ruin. But now the renovation is far ahead. And in early June, life returns to this historic site, which was first mentioned around 1182 and around 1880 was considered Empress Sisi’s favorite café. The new life, in Bauer’s image, it is the wounded souls, the neglected and abused children who are cared for by the Munich association HPKJ with healing education and psychotherapy. They come from the youth office, which takes them from broken families. From situations where everyday structures are lacking, where violence, substance abuse problems and neglect prevail.

Insight into the first finished premises

In Maisinger Mühle, on about a third of the large house area, children and young people should find a new life and work on their old ones. The building, where other social projects are planned, is still a construction site. But HPKJ has already arranged itself in two floors. In addition to six children’s rooms, there is a kitchen, offices, learning support room, bedroom for night guards – and a large living room with sofa and table football. There on the wall is a plastic board waiting to be written on. A weekly plan entitled “family.maising”, the name of the project. The plan stands for one of HPKJ’s main tasks: to provide children, who are often unfamiliar with a fixed daily routine, with family-like structures.

Bed, desk, soft blanket: one of the six children's rooms.
Bed, desk, soft blanket: one of the six children’s rooms. © Andrea Jaksch

Which is ideal for the operator of the new stationary facility: The manager is from Maisinger and actually lives only one house away. Julia Schaumberg, 45, has experience in social work and as a coach. At the open day, she described a very personal experience. Her mother recently came to a hospice, and Schaumberg entered the facility with fear and insecurity. “But the nurses talked to me for three hours at my mother’s bed, did other things and put us in the spotlight. If we show just as much devotion and compassion here, we will do everything right,” she said, adding: “By all means and documentary commitments must always be about the needs of the children. “

HPKJ has been around since 1988, has about 20 social offerings in its portfolio and clear guidelines. Mrs. Angela Bauer explained it this way: “The first goal is for families to be reunited, not separation. We do not want to encourage home careers.” The educators and psychologists in the mill must ensure a slow mutual rapprochement, also in terms of space: there is an apartment for parents on the top floor, so they can move in and be cared for and treated like a family. Next door is probably the nicest room : a large bed under the sloping roof, a white stool, an Ikea shelf, light wood, large skylights. The bedroom for the night watchman. , which, however, will need the most intensive care.

Lots of light under the roof: the night watchman's bedroom.
Lots of light under the roof: the night watchman’s bedroom. © Andrea Jaksch

Many ideas for the future of the mill

The owner couple Dr. Klaus Faust and Sabine Frey from the fashion company Lodenfrey based in Garching want to make the mill a place worth living in for several generations – for vulnerable children, but also for seniors looking for affordable housing and company. In addition, many projects are conceivable, and there are also inquiries from other clubs, “who want to do something here,” Faust said. There are many ideas, but few that are ready to be uttered. The house offers a total of eight apartments. It will take some time before everyone is ready to move in. “It may drag on until the end of the year.”

A lot of concrete can still be seen, even inside. The gardener will soon have to tackle the outdoor facilities. In mid-February, the social future of the mill hung for a moment in a thin thread. There was fire, bread on fire during craftsmanship. Fortunately, the destruction was limited (we reported). The affected roof structure has been repaired and the effects of the fire in the stairwell have been eradicated.

Christian Sautier could well imagine an open art workshop in the old chicken farm.
Christian Sautier could well imagine an open art workshop in the old chicken farm. © Andrea Jaksch

With the revival of the mill where Klaus Faust’s grandparents once lived, the owners founded the association Maiki – the abbreviation stands for “Maisinger Kinder”. The association should generate donations and support social projects (not just in the mill). Christian Sautier is planning one specifically designed for children in the region. With his mobile Ape-Cafébar, he catered for the visitors on the open day. As a social worker and potter, he sees creative potential in the empty chicken coop next to the mill. “I could imagine an open art workshop where children can make ceramics, for example,” he said in passing. A social worker who is also a potter works for HPKJ. A win-win situation. The housing group’s operators would like one for the children and their parents.

HPKJ asks for donations

In order to take better care of the children, HPKJ is asking for donations. Accounts: GLS community bank, IBAN: DE19 4306 0967 1041 6827 00, BIC GENODEM1GLS, reference: family.maising.

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