For many people who have experienced homelessness, losing their self-esteem can be the most damaging part of their experience. Being on your own, with no support around you can be soul destroying, leaving you feeling worthless.
Finding your way out of that situation isn’t easy, particularly when 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 an Emmaus community. 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.
Emmaus helps people in many different ways – which is summed up perfectly in this film by our friends at Emmaus Cambridge:
Companion is how we affectionatey those who live in an Emmaus community and work in the social enterprise, where they support themselves and one another.
Our social enterprises generate revenue that pays for our community home, food, toiletries and living expenses for companions, and also provides them with a small weekly allowance. This is key to restoring feelings of self-worth, showing them that their actions make a real difference, both to their own life, and the lives of others.
Research shows that for every £1 invested in an Emmaus community, there is an £11 social, environmental and economic return, with savings to the benefits bill, health services and a reduction in crime.