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January 26, 2019

JUZ takes on a new shine

It’s amazing what a little color and a handful of trinkets can do. The outdated youth center in Bad Rodach has transformed into a real gem in the space of one Saturday. The team from FIT-Z, the teen model label of the HABA Family of Companies, sit together happy and proud on the couch with young people and youth worker Eva Hoffmann as they examine their work.

The FIT-Z co-workers came up with the renovation as one of the 80 good deeds. The youth center in Bad Rodach has been in existence since the end of the 1970s, as a place where children and young people could meet up and spend time together, but the room lacked a sense of homeliness.

“It was already clear to us after our first conversation with Eva and our visit to the JUZ that we were on the right track and that something had to be done there”, says Gaby Lehman from FIT-Z. “The staff were just as excited as we were. It was immediately planned and measured up, and the ideas of FIT-Z and the JUZ came together.”

“It was a lot of fun and it has been a great activity for our team.”

And this Saturday was D-day. The plans became reality. The brushes are unpacked and the part-bright orange walls get a new coat of paint. By the end of the day, more than 40 litres of paint were used. All that painting makes you hungry! Together they make mini pizzas and salad. For dessert there are donuts for everyone.

After all the helpers build up their strength, they set to work decorating and furnishing. New furniture, throws, pillows and plants make the room feel really homely. The results are impressive. Mayor Tobias Ehrlicher is very curious too. In the afternoon he visits the renovation team and posts pictures and a big thank you on Facebook.

“It was a lot of fun and a great activity for our team”, Angela Carl from FIT-Z was pleased to report. “It’s great that the JUZ staff and the kids all volunteered to help. Without them, we would never have gotten it done in just one day.”

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