To have a purpose and to be needed, that is especially important for disabled people,” says Ardlet, who is responsible for farming, fruit-growing and horticulture at the Stiftung. To give disabled people a home was already the goal of the founder of the Stiftung, the St.-Johann-Verein and Adolf Aich, chaplain in Tettnang. Aich bought the “Schlössle” (little castle) in Liebenau in 1870 to create a refuge for the disabled and terminally ill. “He could no longer watch how these people were treated at that time. Together with a couple of nuns, he renovated the Schlössle. First they lived there together with the other residents. It’s easy. With some cows, pigs, sheep and goats.” The Pfleg- und Bewahranstalt Liebenau (Liebenau hospital and custodial institution), as it was called at that time, soon established an excellent reputation both regionally and further afield. By the end of the 19th century, it was home to over 400 people. Today the Stiftung Liebenau comprises 29 companies and has some 6,400 employees. The pillars of the Stiftung Liebenau are assistance and support for the disabled and elderly as well as education and training for young people with special needs.