Emmaus is a homelessness charity providing more than just a bed for the night to people who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion.
We provide a home for as long as someone needs it and meaningful work in our social enterprise. Living in a stable environment with the opportunity to work helps our companions, as residents are known, to regain lost self-esteem and the confidence to get back on their feet.
Our vision is to enable homeless people to rebuild their lives through a social enterprise that enriches and involves the local community. An Emmaus community, once established, turns ‘charity’ on its head.
Our Emmaus community will aim to be self-funding within 3-5 years, using the money generated through our social enterprise.
It will be a flagship social enterprise in the North East, working in partnership with local councils, other charitable bodies and community groups such as schools and churches.
We will provide work, a home and companionship for up to 15 people in our first year, as well as creating jobs for local people and lots of volunteering opportunities too.
Our shop in Low fell already employs two local staff and has a highly valued team of volunteers.
Our Emmaus community – like the others spread across the UK and abroad – will help people who have been homeless to discover new confidence and self-respect through working with others and contributing to the life of the wider community.
By helping to address homelessness and unemployment in the North East, our Emmaus community will save the taxpayer over £500,000 every year.
We are setting up the first Emmaus community in the North East, providing a home and meaningful employment to formerly homeless people in the area.
We recently started work on a project in South Tyneside and we are also developing another in Gateshead. Both areas have been identified as needing services that will provide a long-term, sustainable route out of homelessness.
We’re currently raising money complete work on our new South Tyneside community. Our first social enterprise, a charity shop in Low Fell, sells second-hand items to generate money for our community.
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