For many people who have experienced homelessness, losing their self-esteem can be the most damaging part of their experience. Being on your own, with no support around you can be soul destroying, leaving you feeling worthless.
Finding your way out of that situation isn’t easy, particularly when the only options available are temporary fixes, offering a bed for the night but little to occupy your days.
Emmaus is different because it provides a home for as long as someone needs it, in an Emmaus community. This gives people the opportunity to take stock of their lives, deal with any issues they might have, and often re-establish relationships with loved ones.
Companion is the name given to those who live in an Emmaus community and work in the social enterprise, where they support themselves and one another.
The Emmaus Hertfordshire social enterprise generates revenue that pays for companions’ home, food and upkeep, as well as providing a weekly allowance. This is key to restoring feelings of self-worth, showing these individuals that their actions make a real difference, both to their own life, and the lives of others.
We support people to work their way out of homelessness, providing meaningful work as well as a stable home for as long as someone needs it.
Our five second-hand shops across Hertfordshire help to fund the work we do supporting people who have experienced homelessness.
Work is an integral part of community life and the support Emmaus offers to companions. The social enterprise side of the community helps to generate the income that will ultimately make each of our communities self-sustaining, something every community is working towards.