The salesians of don bosco will cease their activities on 31. July 2019 the don bosco jugendwerk forchheim, which they have been running since 1971, with a school dormitory and a youth hostel in the don-bosco-strabe4 in forchheim and take over the management of the new school dormitory in the bayreuther strabe in forchheim for the new school year 2019/2020.
Forchheim: topping-out ceremony at the arivo hotel and school dormitory in bayreuther strabe
The school dormitory will no longer exist as an independent institution, but as a branch of the don bosco youth organization in bamberg, which will in future be responsible for its operation in structural and organizational terms. The school dormitory is and will be home to around 100 trainees from the vocational schools in forchheim, who come there for block classes, live in the facility and find socio-pedagogical support here.
"We are very pleased to continue our work in the accompaniment and care of young people in training in the spirit of don bosco, but at a new location", explains father reinhard gesing SDB, provincial of the german province of the salesians of don bosco. In a press release, he thanks "everyone who has supported the not always easy path of reorientation". Verbatim: "we would like to express our gratitude for the great appreciation and the trustful cooperation with the employees of the facility and especially for the longstanding support of the city and the district of forchheim during all the years of our presence"."
Background of the closure of the previous facility at don-bosco-str. 4 the question of the renovation of the building, which has been in the air for some years, is. There had been numerous discussions between the responsible persons of the german province of the salesians don boscos and the district of forchheim about this project.
The latter subsequently decided to rent part of a new hotel on bayreuther strabe in order to operate the school dormitory at a new location in the future. The management of the new school dormitory at bayreuther strabe in forchheim was put out to public tender, in which the german province of the salesians of don bosco and its don bosco youth center in bamberg also took part. The order was granted at the end of last year.
The youth hostel, which has been affiliated with the facility since 2001 and has around 80 beds, will cease operations on 31 december 2009. May 2019 on the other hand completely stop.
There are no plans to resume guest operations at the new location. The existing contract with the bavarian youth hostel association was therefore terminated.
Part of the staff must leave
The employees of the facility were also informed last year about the upcoming changes. Part of the pedagogical staff will continue their work at the new location, adapted to the conditions of the tender, the press release continues.
The land of the don bosco youth center at don bosco street 4 was given to the salesians of don bosco in the 1970s by the church foundation of st. Don bosco made available for the operation of the school dormitory. The property and land will be sold on 1.10.Returned to the church foundation in 2019.
The chapel located in the facility will be deconsecrated and its inventory will be donated to a salesian don bosco facility in russia. The parish pastoral work of the religious community at the forchheim site is not affected by the changes. At present, three members of the order live in the parish of st. Johannes bosco and look after the parishes affiliated to the parish association of forchheim-east.