I came to Emmaus as a companion in December 2018. Before coming to Emmaus, I was a chef at a local kids center but I lost my job and I couldn’t pay rent following that and thus became homeless. I was on the streets for a few weeks. From December 2018, I worked with the outreach team and in the kitchen as a companion. I moved out in October 2019, with the opportunity to work as a chef at the Orchard since I had previous experience in the food industry. Emmaus has helped me gain great skills and helped build my confidence. Emmaus offers many courses for companions. I have completed safeguarding adults, first aid, mental health first aid and data protection. Emmaus offers a wide range of support. Everything from transitioning into normal life to gaining new skills.