A new building is necessary
Even when SOS Children's Villages were built in all Austrian provinces in the second half of the 1950s, the Youth Facility in Innsbruck still remained unique. Adolescents from all SOS Children’s Villages in Austria were admitted here. In 1958, due to the enormous influx of people, the decision to build a new building next to the already existing one was made and quickly implemented. With its sports and leisure facilities (nature right on the doorstep, soccer field, gymnasium), this facility was outstanding regarding youth care at that time. However, this new building soon reached the limits of its capacity, as up to a hundred residents were supervised, supported and cared for.
These “large groups” however did not follow the pedagogical concept of family-oriented care at SOS. For many of the young people who had just started to gain a foothold and trust in their SOS family, this "overcrowding" meant another painful break in their personal history.
As a result, the construction of Youth Facilities in all Austrian provincial capitals was accelerated in order to relieve the pressure on the Youth Facility in Innsbruck. In addition, a broader range of urban training opportunities could be used to its full potential. Furthermore, due to the relative proximity to the respective SOS Children's Villages, close contact with the SOS Children's Village mother and the siblings, the familiar social environment could be upheld.