The Pauluskerk is there for the most vulnerable people in the city: people who are homeless, addicted or with psychological or psychiatric problems.

We see many people without valid residence papers, but also lonely elderly and young people without direction in their lives. 

The door is open to everyone, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Volunteers serve coffee, tea and sandwiches in the ‘open house’. Those who need it will receive help from a social worker, refugee worker or a lawyer. In distressing situations we give people a bed for the night. Every working day there is a hot, nutritious meal for people who are unable to cook for themselves.

All kinds of cultural and practical activities invite people to strengthen their vitality. In the Pauluskerk you can be a philosopher, painter or poet, trying to find new ways of dealing with the world. At the same time, we create openness in the city for all those people who cannot or do not want to participate in the existing economic, cultural or social system. We take the stories we hear further, to politicians and press, civil servants, citizens and administrators, to the places where something can actually change for the good.  In this way we amplify the voice of people who are heard far too little.

We are all deeply connected. With each other, with everything around us. As long as people are put aside, are stuck, don’t really belong, we can’t go well. The Pauluskerk wants to be a meeting place. A place where people can step out of their own world. Being able to look each other in the eye, to experience again and again: you are just like me. Man among the people.

Fred Matser (founder)

Fred Foundation was founded by Fred Matser in 1996 to contribute to the development of a more functional society. From a vision of interconnectedness of life and circular thinking.

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