Life at the Shelter
The BORA Women’s Shelter is in the east of Berlin and easily reachable by public transport. It is a two-storey building with a large garden and a playground.
The building includes three hallways of residents’ rooms. Each hallway has bathrooms and a nice communal kitchen. Each woman* lives in a room for herself and her children. The individual rooms are furnished with beds, closets, a table and chairs, a personal refrigerator, and a sink.
There is a fitness room with equipment for all residents. In the spacious common room, you can watch TV or read.
The kitchen and common room are where the women* meet, talk, and spend time together. Here they can make new friends, laugh together, and see that they are not alone.
The women* living at the shelter are very diverse. They are young and old, from all parts of Berlin, come from different cultures, and have a variety of occupational backgrounds.
Organizing Daily Life
Daily life is mostly organized by residents themselves. Once a week there is a house meeting during which new women* are welcomed and the cleaning schedule and phone service arranged.