Diakonisches Werk Württemberg

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The Diakonisches Werk Württemberg ( DWW ) is the welfare association of the Evangelical Church in Württemberg . As one of the central associations of voluntary welfare, the individual member institutions perform many social tasks.


The work of the diakonia in the 19th century arose from a series of initiatives to improve difficult social conditions. Due to war and famine, many children had lost their parents and had to struggle through life on their own. The so-called children's rescue centers ( the first in Stuttgart in 1823) were founded. Care for the deaf and dumb, the blind, the sick and people with intellectual disabilities soon followed. Deaconesses took care of community nursing in towns and villages.

In 1914, the Württemberg institutions merged to form the State Association of the Inner Mission .

The need in Germany after the Second World War gave the impetus for the second diaconal institution. In 1945 the Evangelical Aid Organization was established . The aim was to help the 14 million refugees and displaced persons, the bombed out, the children and the elderly who were threatened by hunger. Homes for the elderly were built and living space was provided, and home, work and food were provided for young people. Diaconal district offices distributed food, clothes and medicines.

The working group of diaconal works in Württemberg emerged from both aid organizations in 1950 and it was not until January 1, 1970 that a joint organization emerged: The Diaconal Work of the Evangelical Church in Württemberg eV


Since then, the DWW has been an independent work of the regional church . As a registered and non-profit association, it is one of the leading associations for free welfare and is part of the diaconal work of the Evangelical Churches in Germany .

Diakonie sees itself as an advocate for disadvantaged people. That is why the central task of the plant is to provide help for people in need. As sectarian -linked association that DWW is responsible for the church's social work .

In order to be able to fulfill its tasks, the association uses the opportunities created by the welfare state and ensures that disadvantaged people get their right to support. The employees of the plant are responsible for three work areas: for their own members, for the church and for the welfare state .

The members of the DWW have the opportunity to use various services. Examples include advice on legal issues or in business administration, as well as public relations work or support in conceptual work.

Central tasks are done for the church. On the one hand, it is about supporting churches in need with donations such as “ Bread for the World ” or “Help for Eastern Europe”. On the other hand, partnerships are established with foreign churches and congregations abroad are looked after. Church tasks within the state include pastoral support for employees in the individual work areas as well as support and support for those taking part in the federal voluntary service .

The DWW fulfills its social responsibility by representing the rights and interests of its own members. On the other hand, it takes over the external representation for the diakonia and works together with the other welfare organizations in order to fulfill the political responsibility.

The Diakonisches Werk Württemberg eV has more than 300 organizations that provide church social work in Württemberg with over 1500 institutions. Two major areas of work can be distinguished from one another: inpatient and semi-inpatient facilities on the one hand and open services and outpatient assistance on the other.

Stationary and partial stationary Open services and outpatient help
Facilities for: Offers for:
physically and mentally ill People in personal crises
disabled people People in social crises
old people and people in need of care People in economic trouble
homeless people
long-term unemployed people
Examples: Assisted living for disabled people, nursing homes, special forms of living for the elderly, residential homes for the homeless Examples: Welfare stations for people in need of care who provide support at home or local diaconal organizations that advise on pregnancy conflicts, over-indebtedness or problems in the family.
In total, more than 50,000 people are cared for in homes, hospitals and other facilities There are counseling services in all 51 church districts and 150 Diakonie welfare stations offer support

working area

The focus of the work of the Diakonisches Werk Württemberg is assistance for the disabled , care for the elderly , youth work, assistance for the unemployed and homeless and assistance for the mentally ill. Social wards (diakonia stations) are part of professional care.


The Diakonisches Werk Württemberg is made up of more than 300 organizations, which provide church social work in Württemberg with over 1,500 institutions. Two major areas of work can be distinguished from one another: inpatient and semi-inpatient facilities on the one hand and open services and outpatient assistance on the other.

The large number of social service companies reflects the different pots from which the work of the Diakonie is financed. Depending on the institution and work, money comes from the health or nursing care insurance. In some cases, residents have to bear the costs of their care themselves. If they cannot, they will be supported by social assistance . However, funds from the municipalities , the districts , the state budget or the church are also taken over. Donations play an increasingly important role in financing the services. Although these funds make up a relatively small part in terms of numbers, donations are very important in times of scarce funds due to deletions on the one hand and a rapidly changing demand situation on the other.


The following ten basic theses summarize the self-image of the Diakonisches Werk Württemberg. The mission statement was developed in a joint discussion process between many members, professional associations, employee representatives and the association's committees. On November 10, 1999, the model was adopted at the general meeting.

The basic theses of diaconal work are:

  • The biblical message is the mandate and encouragement of diakonia
  • Diakonia focuses on human dignity
  • The tradition of diakonia is a constant impulse for renewal
  • The Diakonia is part of the Church
  • Diakonie's task is to help shape a just society based on solidarity
  • The association organization of Diakonie lives from the cooperation of all members
  • The association members of the Diakonie work together as partners
  • Employees shape the diakonia together
  • The Diakonie stands for quality
  • Economic action supports the fulfillment of the Diakonie's mission

(Source: First of all, the human being. Association model of the Diakonisches Werk Württemberg)

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