Emmaus enables homeless people to rebuild their lives within a network of self-supporting Communities across the UK.
Emmaus provides a solution to the ‘revolving door’ problem of homelessness, where the same individuals frequently return to hostels, by offering the long-term support needed to break the cycle of homelessness. The 21 Emmaus Communities throughout the UK provide homeless men and women with a secure home for as long as they need it to regain control of their lives, whilst at the same time asking them to accept certain key responsibilities. Companions, as Emmaus residents are known, sign off primary benefits and work full time in their Community’s social enterprise, refurbishing and selling unwanted furniture and other household goods, donated by local people. Each Companion is also given personalised support to help them regain control of their lives, for example through counselling, addiction support and training opportunities. But what makes Emmaus a truly unique homeless charity is that it restores in people a sense of their own potential by empowering them to start to give to others; Companions regularly volunteer to help others in greater need than themselves. Emmaus Communities therefore provide a uniquely effective, long-term solution to the problem of homelessness in the UK.
Emmaus UK aims to:
- The alleviation and relief of poverty and hardship and distress arising therefrom to those in need without distinction.
Established: August 1997
Registered Charity Number: 1064470
Board members: 14
Full time staff: 20
Part time staff: 6
Phone number: 01223 379275
Address: 76-78 Newmarket Road Cambridge CB5 8DZView charity accounts on the Charity Commission website