Oud-West is like a large, homely living room which is open 365 days a year and is mostly visited by homeless people. The ambience is friendly and easy-going. There are no cliques - everyone chats to everyone. The walk-in centre was initially founded as a shelter for lonely, elderly people, a joint initiative set up by the churches in Amsterdam West. Over the course of time, it became popular among the homeless because the coffee was very cheap. A few years ago, the walk-in centre became part of De Regenboog Groep. The West urban district subsidises the visitors’ road-sweeping team with extra funds as they keep the district clean. Visitors also work at the bicycle repair shop and the candle-making workshop as well as at the walk-in centre. Thanks to their efforts, the Oud-West district has become much more lively and industrious. Nowadays, hand-made candles and repaired bikes are available at the centre. The visitors are both kept occupied and rediscover their self-esteem by working here. Some of them are re-integrated into society through the agency of the shelter and now have steady jobs.
Mondays and Thursdays to Sundays from 8.30 to 11.30 and 12.30 to 15.30
Tuesdays from 8.30 to 11.30
Wednesdays from 8.30 to 11.30 and 13.30 to 15.30
Sandwiches, coffee and tea are available throughout the day.
+31 (0)20 - 616 21 59 (the bar of the walk-in centre)
+31 (0)20 - 489 53 45 (the office of the walk-in centre)