Last year May I went through the break up of my marriage and found myself having to sleep in my car as I didn’t have anywhere I could live.
I went to the Wilson centre’s housing department but as I didn’t have any support needs I wasn’t classed as a priority, I made a housing application and was given a list of hostels.
On the list was Emmaus Hull & East Riding, I paid a visit to their site on Lockwood Street and spoke to the housing manager who said I seemed like I would fit in there but as I was still employed I had to decide if I was prepared to give up my Job.
I went away to think about what I was going to do and returned a couple of days later having made the decision to leave my Job to secure a place as a companion of Emmaus, after a successful taster I was given the keys to my room and haven’t looked back since.
As a companion I have been lucky enough to be a Team Leader on the Rough Sleeper Outreach Team since June 2016 and have contributed to housing / assisting numerous rough sleepers from the Hull & East Riding areas.
In February Emmaus had a lady from IGEN aspire come to the site to assist companions with their CV’s so I took advantage of this and updated mine, after uploading it to the Indeed job search site I was contacted by an employer (who I had forwarded my CV to) who wanted to offer me a job which I started in March and now I am on the move on process where the Emmaus support team is helping me with my search for some accommodation where I can become self sufficient again.
None of this would have been possible without the dedicated staff team of Emmaus who make it their mission to provide assistance and support to companions.