"I’m currently working with one or two companions and you can see the benefits that being outside has on them – it has a calming influence and is so good for their mental wellbeing. They absolutely love it."
"I like meeting new people and hearing about their different roles at Emmaus. The Companions take such pride in their social enterprise work and have such varied backgrounds that it has opened my eyes to a very different world."
"Coming to Emmaus Hertfordshire I’ve learnt new skills, regained skills I lost and my life now has structure and a reason to get up in the morning."
“Emmaus Hertfordshire encouraged me to apply for my current job and helped me with the application, so they’ve been really supportive. I’ll miss some of the people here and plan to visit every now and then.”
"Emmaus is the golden ticket, where you can work and live. It gives you an opportunity and it’s done so differently."
I really appreciate places like Emmaus and what they have done for me, so I want to give a little bit back. They’ve given me enough.
"I believe that the Emmaus model provides the best chance of success for companions to successfully re-connect with others and move on."
"Emmaus Hertfordshire has helped me a lot. 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"
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 now feel really hopeful for the future, I feel much better about myself and I love my job.
"With the help of Emmaus, I have started a carpentry course at the local college and have settled into the community."
"I am delighted to be involved with Emmaus Hertfordshire after discovering the all-encompassing nature of its work to help people overcome homelessness."
"Emmaus supports people in all areas if it’s needed and the opportunities for moving on are very good."
"I think for most of my life I was in survival mode, but now I’m thriving, and I really can’t believe who I am today."
"Emmaus Hertfordshire helped me in each step of my life as an asylum seeker and continued to help me after I was granted asylum."
"The most positive thing about working at Emmaus is that I get to see first-hand where my hard work is going."