Emmaus Hertfordshire provides a home for as long as is needed, support and meaningful work opportunities for up for 39 formerly homeless people.
Living in a stable environment with the opportunity to gain new skills helps people to regain any lost self-esteem and confidence, helping them to get back on their feet and create a new future for themselves.
The Hill End Project is a joint venture between Emmaus Hertfordshire and St Albans & District Foodbank which will mean both charities can increase the services they provide to the people of St Albans and across Hertfordshire.
The redevelopment of the Hill End site will see the creation of a permanent home for St Albans & District Food Bank, and allow Emmaus Hertfordshire to increase the training and support offered to companions.
When someone comes to live at Emmaus Hertfordshire they have the opportunity to gain new skills in our workshop and learn how to restore and upcycle furniture.
By upcycling and recycling as much as possible we make a significant contribution to keeping things out of landfill, which benefits the environment.
Many of the items we upcycle go on to be sold in our shops.
There are currently 29 Emmaus communities across the UK, providing a home and meaningful work to more than 800 formerly homeless people.
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.
Today, Emmaus communities are spread around the globe, with 350 groups in 37 countries.
We have opportunities for volunteers looking to make a hand-on difference to people's lives.
"When COVID-19 arrived, and the work dried up, I lost the place I was living. As I wasn’t earning any money, I couldn’t find anywhere else to live."
"I feel as though I’m finding myself again at Emmaus."
"Emmaus instantly felt like home."
"Emmaus Hertfordshire helped me in each step of my life as an asylum seeker and continued to help me after I was granted asylum."