The first Emmaus opened in 1992 and there are now 29 communities, which is what we call our residential sites, spread across the UK. There are also five Emmaus groups currently working to open new communities.
Emmaus supports more than 800 formerly homeless people, by providing them with support, a home for as long as they need it and meaningful work in our social enterprises. There are plans to increase this to 1,000 places by 2020.
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 Greenwich is based in Plumstead and was opened in 1994 by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and Emmaus founder Abbé Pierre.
Currently the community offers a home to 34 companions, who work both in the main superstore on the community site in Plumstead and in our two other shops in Lewisham and Poplar.
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.