The first Emmaus opened in 1992 and there are now 29 communities, which is what we call our residential sites, spread across the UK. There are also five Emmaus groups currently working to open new communities.
Emmaus supports more than 800 formerly homeless people. We provide them with support, a home for as long as they need it and meaningful work and training in our social enterprises. We hope to increase our capacity to 1,000 rooms by 2020.
You only have to read the stories of some of the people we have supported to see what a difference Emmaus makes.
The Emmaus movement started in France shortly after the Second World War, when homelessness was a big issue. Emmaus was brought to the UK in 1992 when the first community opened in Cambridge.
"Being sober for a long time brought the kind of peace that I needed, and that peace has only grown since being at Emmaus."
"Since I joined Emmaus I’ve been the happiest I’ve been for a long time."
"You can’t underestimate the feeling of finally having a safe place of your own – to have a home."
By fundraising for Emmaus you’re joining an amazing community of people who are doing extraordinary things to improve the lives of men and women around the UK.