The historic building is over 500 years old. Anja Jung has been renting the former spa and later culture center since 2012. She opens her door to everyone in need. It’s usually about extreme situations where people need this help, says Jung. Occasionally it is also about the dying and the homeless.
Tradition of a medieval hospital
The former obstetrician from Hanover (Lower Saxony) has been living in Salzburg for 25 years and has been running the Badhaus for ten years – as a terminal and bereavement attendant, social worker and disabled person’s carer. They also cared for abused women and children.
Almost 6,000 people have come so far, as the young client Martina explains: “She took great care of our family and my dad when my mom was in a coma. She then passed away in May 2016. A world collapsed for us. It wasn’t so easy for my family to take care of me as a child either.”
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The operator used to be at a low point herself
The Pinzgau native Anna emphasizes that after the death of her daughter she only found the strength to continue living in the bathhouse: “Anja accompanied us so well during the dying process during these six months.”
Those seeking help can be accommodated in four small apartments. After the death of one of her three daughters and cancer for twelve years, 55-year-old Anja Jung knows the feelings of desperation and need: “When I was out of therapy and had little chance, I swore to myself: If I can do it, to get well, then I want to have a house where people have a refuge.”
CoV crisis destroyed all income
The operator says that she has previously maintained the house through events: “It has now completely broken away with Corona.” Now the social project is in fiscal distress: “The last year was very difficult because I thought I had to close the bathhouse . Friends then approached me and said we’ll see that you can stay. There are now several thousand people who are seeking help. And it is also important to the community that we stay.”
Ask for donations and sponsors
For the first time ever, the operator and her small team of supporters are asking the public for donations. One also looks at possible sponsors from the economy. The community council in Leogang appreciates this social work of the private institution very much. Financial support is now being examined by local politicians. This also applies to the ORF’s Licht ins Dunkel campaign.