For many people, losing their self-esteem can be the most damaging part of experiencing homelessness. Being on your own, with no support can be soul-destroying and leave you feeling worthless.
Finding your way out of that situation isn’t easy. Often the only options available are temporary fixes, offering a bed for the night but little to occupy your days.
Emmaus is different because it provides a home for as long as someone needs it in a community setting. This gives people the opportunity to take stock of their lives, deal with any issues they might have, and often re-establish relationships with loved ones.
“Companion” is how we refer to those who live in an Emmaus community and work in the social enterprise, where they support themselves and one another.
Emmaus social enterprises generate revenue that pays for our companions’ home, food and upkeep. It also provides them with a small weekly allowance. This is key to restoring feelings of self-worth, showing that their actions make a real difference, both to their own life, and the lives of others.
We provide a home and meaningful work for up to 27 formerly homeless people. Our purpose built community offers a comfortable home, while our two shops and warehouse provide meaningful work experience and generate the funds needed to keep our community going.
Stephen - Emmaus Glasgow companion
“It makes me really proud when I manage to add value to the pieces we sell in the shop – the other day I saw something that I rescued from the scrap pile go for £170. That’s money that will help run our community and I am glad to be able to contribute.”