We provide the opportunity for homeless and other socially disadvantaged people to regain control of their lives by living and working alongside others in a supportive communal environment.
Our success depends on creating and maintaining a stable community and therefore, before anyone is accepted, detailed assessments of need and risk are undertaken. We will take applicants who present complex problems, as long as the community as a whole is able to support them.
The community is fully committed to an equal opportunities policy and will not discriminate on the grounds of gender, marital status, age, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, political opinion, disability, sexual orientation or past criminal convictions, except as stated in our criteria, unless it can be shown to be justified.
If you are interested in joining our community, please get in touch.
Please be aware that we usually have a waiting list, and it might be some weeks before a vacancy arises, so we are rarely able to offer someone a room within days.
We take referrals from homelessness agencies, probation services, healthcare professionals – anyone who cares enough to want to help someone improve their life. We are always happy to send out referral packs, show you around or talk on the phone.
Each person living at Emmaus Dover has an individual bedroom with all meals provided in a communal dining room and normal living expenses covered. There is no time limit on how long someone can stay at Emmaus, giving people the space to rebuild their life one step at a time. Being homeless is about more than just losing the roof over your head. Those who have experienced homelessness often also lose their confidence, leading them to feel lonely and worthless.
Everyone who lives at Emmaus Dover is expected to contribute to its upkeep, doing their bit to help run the business and keep the community going. This has a huge impact on restoring companions’ self esteem, proving that their actions can make a big difference to their own life, and the lives of others.