Takecarebnb was founded in 2015 by Reinout de Kraker. While staying at an Airbnb by himself, he read about the resistance among part of the population against the influx of refugees. His idea was simple: if refugees stay over with Dutch people, both parties learn to know one another. Strangers will become well-known people. He enthused an entire group of volunteers.
In 2017 Takecarebnb said goodbye to the pioneers and organizers from the very beginning: Maya Crcic and Jonna Kleinsma. With a lot of enthusiasm they have built up Takecarebnb from a good idea to a successful start-up. In 2017 we entered a new phase: from a start-up to anchoring. With an enthusiastic team, a new manager and employees and an ever increasing circle of volunteers we are building a stable organization. Due to intensive consultations with both the Dutch Council for Refugees and COA we managed to convince the authorities of the importance of staying over for integration. The phase of emergency relief is over, yet thousands of refugees with residential permits wait in Asylum Seekers’ Centres for a house in the municipality that has been assigned to them. Waiting lists are still in place and will probably stay in place for some time to come given the scarcity at the housing market.
In 2018 has started to collaborate with COA to link up more host families to refugees in their future residences. This collaboration is a recognition of both the usefulness and necessity of our organization.