Bread and Roses – Base community (Brot & Rosen)

D-22177 Hamburg, Germany

  • Last updated: January 7, 2019 (3 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Mission Statement

Community household with homeless refugees and migrants. Lifestyle of solidarity and sustainability.

Community Description

Bread and Roses is a Christian-based community living in a rented 20-room building and two adjacent appartments in Hamburg, Germany. We live together, share our house with homeless refugees and migrants, and share income and a lot of other resources. We are inspired by the Catholic Worker movement, other houses of hospitality, and Christian communities in the United States, Latin America and Europe. We have daily morning prayer and an occasional public worship and try to spread our social vision by inviting people to our house and by social actions for marginalized people. We are pacifists and try to live simply to protect the environment.
  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1993
  • Start Living Together: 1996
  • Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
  • Website address:
  • Phone: +49-40-69702085
  • Mailing Address:
    Fabriciusstrasse 56
    D-22177 Hamburg,
  • Location


  • Type(s): Commune (organized around sharing almost everything), Spiritual or Religious Community
  • Programs & Activities: Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Home for homeless refugees
  • Location: Urban


  • Status: We do not have land
  • Current Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building
  • Current Number of Residences: 4
  • Planned number of residences: 0
  • Planned Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building
  • Housing Provided: Work-exchange, Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: The entire community membership


  • Adult Members: 5
  • Child Members: 4
  • Non-member Residents: 12
  • Percent Women: 61-70%
  • Percent Men: 31-40%
  • Percent Transgender: 1-10%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
  • Visitor Process:

    Please call or write first! If space is available we expect some helping hand in the household and common projects.
    And: Visits are more welcome during the week than just on a weekend.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    First a visit of at least one week, then volunteering for at least several months up to a year then membership possibility.


  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: All or close to all
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 20
  • Open to members with existing debt: No

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 50-75%
  • Energy sources: We buy electrical energy from “Naturstrom”
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Food produced locally: Between 26-49%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Vehicle Share, Library, Workshop, Large Scale Kitchen, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, both the community and individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), Mostly Vegetarian, Opportunivore (dumpster diving, nature harvesting, etc.), Halal
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Christian
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: Yes
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Partial, Special, or Limited Community Plan

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Catholic Worker, Church & Peace

Community Affiliations

Catholic Worker Movement, Open Door Community / GA, Jubilee Partners / GA, Kommunit√§t Imshausen, Basisgemeinde Wulfshagenerh√ľtten, Laurentiuskonvent

Fair Housing Laws

This community acknowledges that their listing does not include any potential violations of the Fair Housing Law, or that they do not provide housing. For any questions about this topic please see our Content Policies and contact FIC with any questions or concerns: [email protected].


Ecumenical, Christian, Solidarity, Migration, Refugees,