Emmaus is a homelessness charity offering more than just a home. At Emmaus people are offered a home and work, which gives them a sense of purpose and belonging. Many of the issues that homeless people face aren’t physical, often the psychological impact of not having a place to call home can be even more devastating, leading to low self-esteem, loneliness and a feeling of worthlessness.
It can be very hard to get out of such a difficult situation alone, especially when many options available are short term fixes which only offer temporary support. By taking more of a long term approach, offering a stable home, meaningful work and support, Emmaus helps people to find a sustainable way to overcome homelessness.
The 750 people who live at Emmaus communities across the UK, known as companions, work in the social enterprise, where they can support not only themselves but also each other.
Rather than relying on benefits, Emmaus uses social enterprise to generate revenue which in turn funds the companions' home, food and upkeep, and also gives them a small weekly allowance. These are essential elements in restoring self-worth, showing companions that their actions make a difference and they can have a real impact both on their own life, and the lives of others.
To find out more about Emmaus and the valuable work they do, click here.