The Social Welfare Service of the Protestant Churches in Württemberg
We are delighted that you are interested in Diakonie in Württemberg, Germany. Diakonie (diaconia) stands for the social services work of the Protestant Churches. Because faith in Jesus Christ and practiced charity belong together, diaconal services and institutions are committed to offering help for many needs. Diakonie services help people who need support and whose lives are impaired by socially unjust conditions. Diakonie tries to alleviate such social conditions. Diakonie derives from the Greek notion of “service”. The Diakonisches Werk Württemberg is the umbrella assocation gathering all the social service institutions and entities that exist within the Protestant Churches in Württemberg.
The Diakonisches Werk Württemberg is the umbrella assocation gathering all the social service institutions and entities that exist within the Protestant Churches in Württemberg. More than 2,000 services and social work units provide help, support and companionship to old people and people in need of care, to children, youth, and families, to mentally or psychologically ill people, to the handicapped, unemployed, homeless, and heavily indebted people. In each of the 51 church districts of the regional Protestant Church of Württemberg, there are diaconal district service points. They serve as a first contact point for people in distress who are suffering from material or psychological hardship. Also these service points offer support to church communities in their own diaconal work. More than 40,000 are employed within Diakonie in Württemberg, another 30,000 voluntary workers are committed to activities within Diakonie. The Social Welfare Service of the Protestant Churches in Württemberg has its seat in Stuttgart.