"Everyone thinks when a person is homeless they're either a drug addict or an alcoholic, but it’s not the case. For me, it was a marriage breakdown and that can happen to anyone."
"I still class myself as being in recovery and Emmaus is a good place to feel secure."
"Thanks to Emmaus I have a calm and stable life, something which I have not had in years. I feel as though I could have a future, which going back two or three years I wouldn’t have seen as a possibility.
"Living at Emmaus doesn’t feel like a hostel, it feels like a community, and everyone is so lovely and welcoming."
We couldn't do what we do without our fantastic volunteers. You can work in one of our shops, fundraise for us, join our board of trustees and help raise our profile.
Emmaus North East is a homelessness charity offering active support to formerly homeless people and those at risk of homelessness.
We offer a home as well as meaningful work in our social enterprises; each person has their own room in our accommodation in South Shields. People can stay as long as they wish and are offered opportunities to acquire skills as well as support when ready to move on.
Aaron, currently supported by Emmaus North East
“Never in a million years did I think I would be able to work in a shop, let alone running one occasionally! I’ve learned a lot of new skills I never knew I had and it’s all thanks to Emmaus.”
Glenn, currently supported by Emmaus North East
“If Emmaus hadn’t come along when it did I dread to think where I would be now. Probably back in prison, or back on drugs. Thanks to Emmaus I am now rebuilding my relationships with my daughters.”