Throughout the 1990s, the team sold donated clothes and bric-a-brac, eventually raising enough to set up a community house, followed by our furniture superstore in Chequers Road, Gloucester.
We now have five shops which fund and provide work to 31 people, called companions.
Nailsworth continues to be successful and still has a high number of committed and long-serving volunteers. Chequers Road is the hub of our operations. Two further shops at Cheltenham and Stroud have been added, along with a second in Nailsworth.
Our charity shops and customers are serviced by five vans collecting and delivering goods six days of the week.
The first Emmaus community was founded in Paris, in 1949, by Father Henri-Antoine Grouès, better known as Abbé Pierre. He was an MP, Catholic priest and former member of the French Resistance who fought to provide homes for those who lived on the streets of Paris.
Emmaus is part of an international movement made up of 350 groups in 37 countries, governed by Emmaus International, which was set up in 1971.
Emmaus International has five priority areas: