We’re appealing for support during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis to ensure our support of formerly homeless people continues.
Emmaus Leicestershire & Rutland supports 16 formerly homeless people by giving them accommodation, meaningful work experience, funded training and an opportunity to regain lost self-esteem to help rebuild their lives. Funds are raised through two charity shops in Hinckley. The temporary closure of these social enterprises due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation poses a significant risk to our charity, so we’ve launched an emergency appeal for help.
Steve Grinstead, one of our companions, said: “Before I found Emmaus, I was homeless for 18 years, living from day to day and not knowing when or if it would ever end. It was a very scary experience. I slept wherever I could, in so many different places. Sometimes it was in a park, or I’d find a secluded bench for the night. I felt completely alone, with no-one to help me through any of it. That’s all changed now I’ve found Emmaus.
There’s no two ways about it – Emmaus saved my life, and I’m so very grateful. The charity has helped me and so many others. They have given me a place to live and the support I need, as well as the chance to work every day and the sense of self-worth that comes with that.”
The people we support are staying at home and we’re trying to keep everyone safe. Our Emporium and La Boutique charity shops are closed but the support we offer to formerly homeless people continues. It is vital we do all we can to ensure everyone’s wellbeing and keep a roof over their heads.
We know it’s tough for everyone at the moment, but any gift you can spare will help us get through this difficult time. A donation from you will help your local homelessness charity continue its vital work during the current COVID-19 emergency and beyond.