More facts about Emmaus UK
- Since the first community opened in the UK in 1991, Emmaus has changed more than 14,500 lives. There are now 29 communities spread across the UK, with a further five groups currently working to establish new communities.
- Emmaus is different to other homelessness organisations; they don't just offer a bed for the night, but a home for as long as someone needs it, as well as support, training and meaningful work in an Emmaus social enterprise and support to save for the future.
- There are now more than 815 Emmaus companions (term for the formerly homeless people who are supported at Emmaus) living at communities stretching from Glasgow to Dover. Each one has at least one shop or social enterprise, with many running successful cafes, shops, gardening projects and removal companies.
- No two Emmaus communities are the same - each has its own individual personality, providing a set of services which meet the needs of its local area. For many, Emmaus offers a welcoming place to visit, to speak with companions, volunteers and staff.