An Emmaus community is a unique charity that enables people to move on from homelessness, providing work and a home in a supportive, family environment. Companions, as residents are known, work full time in the community’s recycling business, collecting, renovating and reselling donated furniture and other items. This work supports the community financially and enables companions to develop skills and rebuild their self-respect.
Companions can live in the community for as long as it takes to rebuild lives and return to everyday living. Emmaus communities are dry and drug free. Companions agree to sign off mainstream benefits whilst living in the community. Alcohol and illegal or non-prescribed drugs are not allowed on the premises or in the grounds, nor do we accept violent, aggressive, abusive or disruptive behaviour.
Anyone over the age of 18 is able to request a place in the community, provided you are willing to take part in community life and work in our social enterprises.
We do not operate a waiting list and therefore admittance is on a first come basis. Unlike other homelessness charities, there is no restriction as to the length of stay – companions are welcome to live in the community until they are ready to move on.