Mændenes Hjem: Socialt arbejde mellem kirke og velfærdsstat

Louise Hornbøll Hviid

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


Abstract Mændenes Hjem (Mens Home), shelter for homeless men in the Copenhagen part of the city called Vesterbro, was foundet in 1910 by the organisation Missionen blandt Hjemløse Mænd (The mission among homeless men). Since its foundation and up to around 1980, Mændenes Hjem was mainly a deacon institution based on Christian values such as Christian charity and compassion. These values were crucial for the identity of the institution as well as its activities. Up to 1960 the institution was financed by private donations, coming primarily from a group of donors from the protestant organisation Indre Mission (Inner mission). In connection with a replacement of the institutions locality to its present address on Ll. Istedgade in Copenhagen, Mændenes Hjem started to receive economic grants from the Danish Ministry of Social affairs and later from the Commune of Copenhagen. From that time, the cooperation with the state/commune had an increasingly impact on the deacon values and work methods of the institution. The growing Danish welfare state and its inclusion of more and more social issues also played an important role for Mændenes Hjem, especially in connection with the increasing scientific and professional awareness on social work in general. This thesis analyses the history of Mændenes Hjem from 1909 and how the cooperation between the welfare state and Mændenes Hjem influenced and changed the diaconate values and work of the institution in the period 1960-1980. My main source material is a magazine, published by Missionen blandt Hjemløse Mænd from 1909 until today.

UddannelserHistorie, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato31 maj 2007
VejledereKarin Cohr Lützen


  • Mændenes Hjems historie
  • diakoni og velfærdsstat