We have helped five companions (people who have experienced homelessness) settle into our new satellite house, based in Plumstead.
When someone joins our community, they are offered a home, work, training and individual support for as long as they need it. The people supported by our charity are given their own room on site and the chance to move into a satellite house when they’re ready to take the next step.
Luxury interiors brand, David Phillips, helped to furnish our new five bedroom home with a sofa, TV stand, side tables and chests of drawers. The items were in need of repair, but instead of them going to waste, they were donated to Emmaus Greenwich and upcycled by our companions.
Companion, Craig Dunstan, 46, was street homeless in London’s West End before joining Emmaus. He said: “I moved into the new satellite house a few months ago. It’s lovely. I’m more relaxed here than I’ve ever been.”
After struggling with alcohol and drug addiction, Craig now has the support he needs to continue rebuilding his life. He adds: “I’ve been clean for a year now and I’m really proud of myself. The staff and companions at Emmaus Greenwich are great. We’re a family. If I’ve got a problem, I know there are people I can talk to.”
David Phillips has donated more than £21K worth of furniture to us this year. Stephen John, Operations Director at David Phillips, said: “We’ve been looking at ways to improve our environmental credentials, and our work with Emmaus Greenwich has been the perfect opportunity to support a local charity while also reducing the amount of waste we send to landfill.”
The Reuse Network was integral in coordinating the donations from David Phillips. Lesley Prescott, Head of Operations at the organisation, said: “Working with David Phillips has been a fabulous opportunity, and we are so pleased that Emmaus Greenwich is able to use these items to furnish its new satellite house.”