Emmaus Communities enable people to move on from homelessness, providing work and
a home in a supportive, family environment. Companions, as residents are known, work
full time collecting renovating and reselling donated furniture. This work supports
the Community financially and enables residents to develop skills, rebuild their
self-respect and help others in greater need.
Companions receive accommodation, food, clothing and a small weekly allowance, but
for many, the greatest benefit is a fresh start. To join a Community, they sign off
unemployment benefits and agree to participate in the life and work of the Community
and abide by its rules, for example not bringing drugs or alcohol into the Community.
Emmaus is a secular movement, spanning 36 countries, with 19 Communities in the UK.
Each Community aims to become self-supporting, with any surplus donated to
others in need.
Emmaus is about people, many of whom arrive at Emmaus at a very low point in their
lives. People become homeless for many different reasons but relationship breakdown,
bereavement, addiction or abuse have often played a part. In Emmaus, they find the
space and support they need to start rebuilding their lives. You can read the stories
of some of our Companions (as those who live and work in Emmaus Communities are called)
As well as Companions, many other people make up the Emmaus Movement in the UK.
* Our President, Royal Patron and Patrons, Terry Waite CBE, HRH The Duchess of
Cornwall and a wide range of other high profile supporters act as Ambassadors for
Emmaus, offering their valuable advice and helping to raise our profile.
* Emmaus staff in Communities, Groups and the Federation Office
* Our volunteers and trustees
* Our supporters
These people come from a wide variety of backgrounds and all bring different skills
and experience to Emmaus. What brings the us together is our shared commitment to
enabling those who have been homeless and excluded from society to rebuild their
lives and help others.
“Emmaus gives you responsibility and believes in you. I've stopped feeling sorry