"Enjoy it": Dr. Odo Weyerer (right) had invited to a meal for the needy in the Hofbrauhauskeller financed by the Rotary Club of Munich Airport. Around 30 guests sat down at his table – to eat together, laugh and forget the worries of everyday life for a few hours. © Lehmann
Happy hours in the Hofbrauhauskeller: The Freising doctor Dr. Odo Weyerer recently welcomed those in need with a hearty meal in the Hofbrauhauskeller.
Freising – It is a fundamental human need: to belong and to be able to participate in the everyday things of life. One person who has not only understood this, but also lives it every day, is the Freising general practitioner Dr. Odo Weyerer. His heart beats above all for the remote and stumbling who have slid into financial distress and homelessness due to a wide variety of crises and strokes of fate. Recently, Weyerer invited to a dinner for the needy in the Hofbrauhauskeller, financed by the Rotary Club of Munich Airport. Around 30 guests sat down at his table – to eat together, laugh and simply belong again for a few hours.
"Gell, you order what you like today"
The nice thing is that no one who went to the Hofbrauhauskeller to eat on Saturday would have come up with the idea that there were people sitting at some tables for whom the day was something very special – precisely because they can never afford to go out to eat or only very rarely. "Gell, you order what you like today," one could hear from afar the doctor, who is known from the district, who heads for stops such as the Freising warming room several times a week with his Medmobil in order to provide homeless people with the necessary medical help in an extremely low-threshold manner. On Saturday, however, Weyerer did not want to stick plasters on wounds, but rather on the souls – with a feed for the needy.
And that, too, was touching: the people were not transported to an adjoining room, but sat in the middle of society, where they belonged. The only restriction that applied on Saturday and that Weyerer emphasized several times: "There is no alcohol today." But basically no one was bothered by that, or as one guest put it: "Mei, then I'll just drink a Spezi."
"My reminiscence of my mother"
There are several reasons why Weyerer opens his heart wide to the needy, including the fact that his mother worked in the warming room for a long time. "That's just my reminiscence of my mom," the doctor explained. "Something like this is enormously important, especially because these people usually live in isolation on weekends," emphasized the chairwoman of the Psychosocial Working Group Freising, Vivian Raseman, who also knows numerous affected people through her work as head of the Outpatient Housing Service.
"I only have a small pension"
Like Frank (names of the guests changed by the editors), who would never order a sauerbraten in a pub, but really enjoyed it on Saturday. A few chairs further on, Susanne had already arrived at the dessert: vanilla ice cream. "It's nice that this offer exists. I've worked in gastronomy all my life and only have a very small pension," said Susanne.
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"I have a completely different idea"
But what always resonated in the conversations with the needy was that when they talk about Weyerer, they do it humbly and extremely gratefully about "their doctor". In fact, it was clear on the spot that they trust the doctor, because he has long since become their hero – someone who reaches out and doesn't ask for a long time if you can do something, but just how.
"I've got a completely different idea," Weyerer explained when he finally got to dinner himself. "A garden for these people, where they can garden, paint, write – whatever they like," Weyerer said of his next plan. Because he fears one thing: "There will be another wave of homeless people coming our way." If you walk through the streets of the cathedral city with your eyes open, and he confirmed, the number of people in need in Freising is becoming more and more visible.
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