Emmaus Gloucestershire is one of 30 communities across the UK supporting more than 850 people, known within Emmaus as companions. Each community provides a home for as long as needed and meaningful work experience in a social enterprise. There are also three Emmaus groups currently working to open new communities in their area.
You only have to read the stories of some of the people we have supported to see what a difference Emmaus makes.
We offer people who have experienced homelessness with a place to call home for as long as they need it and meaningful work in our social enterprise. Living in a stable environment with the opportunity to gain new skills helps our companions to regain any lost self-esteem and confidence so they can get back on their feet.
Emmaus Gloucestershire was started by a team of volunteers at a shop in Nailsworth in 1993. Throughout the 1990s, the team sold donated clothing and bric-a-brac, eventually raising enough to set up a community house, followed by our furniture superstore in Chequers Road, Gloucester.
Research shows that for every £1 invested in a community, there is an £11 social, environmental and economic return, with savings to the benefits bill, health services and a reduction in crime.