We are not like most homeless hostels and support services – the Emmaus offer is very different. We provide a home for as long as is needed, with no time limit, support, and the opportunity to gain new skills in our social enterprises.
One of the most damaging parts of homelessness can be the loss of dignity and self-esteem. When you join our community as a companion, you’ll receive the time you need to rebuild your life after homelessness, as well as stability within a supportive environment to regain your confidence and self-esteem and develop new skills.
Work is an integral part of community life. All Emmaus companions (the name we give to those living and working in our community) work in our social enterprises, giving them the opportunity to gain hands-on, practical work experience and training, while also helping to generate the income that we need to keep our charity running.
Our social enterprises include our charity shops in St Albans, Boxmoor and Tring, our online shops (eBay, Facebook and Discogs) and our very popular house clearance service.
Research conducted by Emmaus UK shows that 79% of people who have lived at Emmaus for a few months say that working and having something to do every day has been the most beneficial part of their experience.
"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."
"I have got my self-esteem back. I’ve settled down very well, I’ve learned a lot and I have some great friends around me."
"I’ve got used to being here at Emmaus, and it is giving me the space to get my head straight"