Emmaus Glasgow was started in 1997 by a small steering group of four volunteers led by Duncan Wallace. They were challenged to start the group by a French Emmaus community, who donated a small amount of seed capital to get the venture off the ground.
Alan Grant was employed as the first development worker as the activities to find premises and funding progressed. An office was established and this led to Emmaus Glasgow being set up as a Scottish registered charity and company limited by guarantee, in 1999, with a board of hard working voluntary trustees.
The 24 self-contained flats comprising the new Emmaus Glasgow community opened Monday, 2 January 2006, with the first two companions.
Companions at Emmaus Glasgow have always had a strong commitment to solidarity work. In 2009, the companions agreed to run a soup kitchen one night per week in the centre of Glasgow. This had grown to two nights a week by 2014. In addition, surplus food is collected by Emmaus companions from a number of major supermarkets and distributed to a number of other local homeless charities.
Emmaus Glasgow now has a workshop, two charity shops and a warehouse, and supports up to 27 formerly homeless people.