"The advice I would give someone joining Emmaus Leeds now is to get on your feet as soon as you can. See it as a temporary stop gap."
"I was one of the founding trustees of Emmaus Leeds way back in 1999. I’ve done all my charity work in Leeds. I am very much someone who supports the city and wants to see it succeed."
"From the bottom of my heart, thank you very much for letting me come to Emmaus Leeds and letting me rebuild my life."
"I have learnt to relax, as whilst living on the streets, I always had my guard up. My behaviour has changed too. Before I used to react instantly but now, I am more relaxed."
"Seeing companions rebuild their lives and reconnect with family, children and friends is a heart-warming and humbling experience."
"I do believe that everyone has the opportunity to change their life. Emmaus gives you a respite and a chance to get the things that matter in life."
"For the first time, I’ve got the ability to be able to take stock, slow down and make the most of the opportunities that Emmaus offers."
"Emmaus has given me that opportunity to be able to push myself to break the stereotype of homelessness."
"Being at Emmaus Leeds has given me an optimism, a feeling of wellbeing, stability and the time to settle."
"I have very fond memories of my two years at Emmaus such as climbing Snowdon and Scafell Pike."
"I had never been given this much support and help before and opportunities to better myself."
"My time at Emmaus has enabled me to gain an insight into other people’s way of life."
"Before I joined Emmaus I was homeless. The firm I worked at stopped paying my wages and I lost my job. This meant I couldn’t pay my rent or bills so I became homeless."
"Hand on heart, the work aspect though was most important to me – something to get me teeth into each day."
"From my own perspective it has helped loads, my health has improved massively and I don’t want to think where I’d be without Emmaus. It has given me opportunity."