‘Solidarity’ is central to the Emmaus ethos. This is when our companions (and staff) ‘pay it forward’ by helping other people in need.
The act of solidarity can be very powerful for Emmaus companions as it is often central to rebuilding lost self-esteem, proving that everyone has the capacity to make a difference to the lives of others.
Here are some examples of our current solidarity projects:
We regularly collect stock donated by wholesalers and other suppliers, and deliver food and essential items to Coventry food banks/hubs. Demand for food bank services is sadly greater than ever, so several times a week, we drive around with a van full of food, towels and toiletries – dropping off where people need it most.
We offer free items from our charity shops, if someone local has moved into an empty property and can’t afford furniture. This is organised via official referrals from housing agencies and the local council. Furniture poverty is a huge problem – but one that’s often hidden, and the impact can be devastating. Not being able to afford a bed means a poor night’s sleep, affecting your ability to live, work and study. Not having a cooker or fridge means relying on expensive takeaways and without a washing machine, you need to pay to use a launderette to have clean clothes.