Vorsprung Online – Help for Ukraine: Halle Birstein can be used again for sports soon

“In March, the hall in Birstein was one of the first that we re-allocated to accommodate people from Ukraine,” explains county director Thorsten Stolz (Social Democratic Party). The connection to the canteen, the location in the eastern district, the size of the hall with several adjoining rooms, the infrastructure of the area: all played a part in the choice at the time. “Hundreds of adults and children have already lived there for over three months, received care there, received medical care, received counseling there, and then left the hall again after a short time in the direction of permanent apartments and communal facilities. Now is the time for us to leave the gym and to School and club sport again for the new school year.”

Discussions with those involved, in particular the municipality, the school administration and the hall operator, are already underway. The goal is to end operations as an emergency shelter by the end of August. The beds and room dividers on the parquet floors as well as the furniture and equipment in the adjacent rooms are then taken out of the hall. After site inspection and potential small repair work in the early days of September, the hall is once again available to the school community and clubs.

For District One Councillor Susan Semmler, predictions of how the refugee population will develop as of September are not currently possible. “We agreed in the management body that with the current number of people coming to us week after week, we could live without the Berstein school gymnasium, which is now serving as emergency housing for the longest time,” says Susan Semmler. “How things will proceed after that, and whether and when we can reduce capabilities further and when in the summer or fall, ultimately depends above all on the progress of the Russian aggressive war in Ukraine, access to our region and the acquisition of living space,” she says. Susan Semler.

In Bruchköbel, the district of Main-Kinzig has already completed demolition work. There will be a thorough cleaning in the next few days. The hall is available to schools and clubs even before the start of summer vacation. Emergency shelters in Hanau-Mittelbuchen, Langenselbold and Wächtersbach will remain open after the summer holidays. Since the beginning of the war at the end of February, about 4,800 people from Ukraine have been registered in the Main-Kinzig region. Some have already returned to their countries or traveled to neighboring countries. “There are currently about 4,100 IDPs from Ukraine in Main-Kinzig province, and about 300 of them live in one of the four emergency shelters,” says District Director, Thorsten Stolts, who also thanks all full-time volunteers who have been there since. Persons successfully completed for more than four months.

Protection and assistance were provided reliably and in a variety of ways, Susan Semmler summarizes. “The care and concern of many people has succeeded in a few weeks and months. One of the main tasks in June was the transition of most of the Ukrainian people into the jurisdiction of the Municipal Center for Work and the Office for Social Promotion and Participation. But there, too, one cog is working in the other in the background, and no There were practically no big problems,” says Simler. The Main-Kenzig region responded immediately in June to individual inquiries from residents and municipalities about this change in legal status. At various points in the region, KCA and Main-Kinzig staff have offered open consultation days. This will continue to other locations in the region in the coming days. All conceivable topics related to the work of Ukrainehilfe MKK can and can be submitted, from accommodation to benefit receipt. Questions and concerns are then considered on site and almost all are resolved immediately.

“The meetings already held in Wächtersbach, Flörsbachtal and Schluechtern should have been used by a few people. However, it is important that we present these shows and that events are also held on-site on an ongoing basis,” says Susan Semmler. In most cases, small errors in the application process can be directly corrected and questions regarding the terms of the individual legal framework answered. Next week, separate information events will be held in Freigericht and Biebergemünd, among other places, for staff of municipal administrations and members of the support group. Deals with legal background and frequently asked questions. Participants can also bring up their own topics related to assistance in Ukraine.

Since the first week of June, a mobile advisory team from KCA has been on the road in the area to conduct a so-called initial assessment with previously invited Ukrainian refugees. Among other things, the KCA brings together educational qualifications, professional background and also things like childcare need and personal survival prospects in order to achieve targeted mid-term employment integration. “Regardless of the legal field, colleagues try to help as quickly and easily as possible, whether by phone, digitally, or in person on site,” Semler says. Uncertainties, for example on the part of owners or customers, due to a change in the legal field and changing document requirements can be resolved in different ways: you can email the district administration at any time to the central address from Ukrainehilfe MKK or go to the website from the Main- Kinzig and the Municipal Center for Action.

All necessary information and contacts can be found on the district’s website (www.mkk.de) under “Ukrainehilfe MKK”; The main email address is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots and spambots! To display JavaScript it must be turned on!. There are also direct contact channels on the KCA website (www.kca-mkk.de) for questions or to apply for benefits.

No need for a second visit to the immigration office

Due to current events, the Migration Office notes that all people from Ukraine who are already registered in the region do not have to return in person. The background for this is the decisions of the Darmstadt Regional Council. Some of them contain a request to report to the responsible aliens authority; These messages are also sent to people who are already registered. So, Main-Kinzig-Kreis explains: If people have already spoken to the immigration authorities, they will no longer have to go to the immigration office after receiving the assignment notice. As a rule, they have already received a residence permit or a fake certificate. If you haven’t made an appointment yet, you should at least register where you live. After registering their place of residence, people automatically get an appointment. More information about notification and initial registration can be found on the district website www.mkk.de under the heading “Ukrainehilfe MKK”.

The gym at Birstein High School was converted into emergency accommodation in March. This emergency accommodation service will be discontinued by the end of August.

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