Shortly before his retirement, Jan Marquardt did something unusual: he gave up his managerial job to help homeless people at a Hamburg welfare center. About a dropout who turned his social trend into a profession.
At the end of a fairy tale, it’s often the Fairy Godmother who, with her magical power, can change everything for the better. But Jan Marquardt is neither a mythical creature nor can he do magic, although he could sometimes use it in his work, as manager of the help center “CaFée mit Herz” in Hamburg St. Pauli. Its singular spelling is based on a play on words with coffee and fairy, alluding to the fact that they want to help the poor here. Marquardt was an economic director with a six-figure annual salary. But shortly before his retirement, the 60-year-old took a completely different path.