Emmaus Hertfordshire is one of 29 communities across the UK supporting more than 800 people, known within Emmaus as companions. Each community provides a home for as long as needed and meaningful work in a social enterprise. There are also five Emmaus groups currently working to open new communities.
You only have to read the stories of some of the people we have supported to see what a difference Emmaus makes or watch our video about life in our community:
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.
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.
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.