As one of Austria´s largest residence operators and as a youth organization independent of any political party and without any religious affiliations, ÖJAB offers living quarters for more than 4,500 individuals at 21 dormitories for students and other young people, an intergenerational dormitory, an intercultural dormitory, and three senior citizen residences as well as nursing homes for the elderly. The dormitories provide young people with opportunities to make new friends, to pursue common activities, and to have formative experiences. Seniors at ÖJAB facilities receive warmhearted and professional care and also enjoy intergenerational encounters. And in Vienna, ÖJAB’s offerings for the elderly are complemented by home care services.
Additionally, each year sees ÖJAB support 2,000 young people and adults (for the most part from socially underprivileged backgrounds) in acquiring education as well as training that qualifies them for the job market. ÖJAB also participates in Europe-wide educational projects.
Asylum seekers and refugees are provided for at ÖJAB facilities and can take part in ÖJAB training programs.
ÖJAB also pursues development cooperation projects in Burkina Faso (West Africa).
Altogether, ÖJAB’s activities extend to cover 38 locations, including 26 dormitories and residences. ÖJAB has over 650 employees, of whom over 500 work in the fields of caregiving and education. And ÖJAB’s work is also supported and strongly characterized by the numerous individuals who provide their services to the organization on a voluntary basis.
Two subsidiaries operate ÖJAB’s student dormitories as youth hostels, usually during holiday periods.
ÖJAB thus has four main areas of activity:
ÖJAB offers all of the individuals whom it serves the kind of home and feeling of belonging that are necessary in order to grow, learn, and mature. The explicit goal here is to enable people to acquire the skills they need in order to master their lives regardless of their life situation or age.
At ÖJAB facilities, values such as respect, equality, and love of one’s neighbor are conveyed and practiced, and both guidance and support are provided to disadvantaged individuals and individuals with special needs. – To ourMission Statement
How did ÖJAB come to exist? – To ourThe history
ÖJAB’s quarterly magazine“Senf. Das ÖJAB-Magazin zum Mitreden” (Mustard. ÖJAB’s Magazine for Joining the Conversation) reports on ÖJAB’s current activities and projects as well as on related topics.
Subsidiaries: To support its social and charitable work, ÖJAB operates two subsidiaries:
- Europahaus Wien G.m.b.H. Education, Conference and Event Center
- Liegenschaftsverwertung der Österreichischen Jungarbeiterbewegung Ges.m.b.H. – operates ÖJAB dormitories as myNext Hostels during summer