This year we’ll be making our Christmas donation to Emmaus. It seems especially poignant to us. Emmaus “provides a home for as long as it’s needed and meaningful work for people who have experienced homelessness.”
Emmaus is a secular charity founded by Abbe Pierre, a priest and former Resistance member in Paris. He helped a former convict called George who had attempted suicide in the Seine. George helped to build temporary homes for those in need – initially in the priests own garden. The charity grew after the harsh winter of 1954 when several homeless people died, and the French people responded to calls for donations. It soon became an international organisation.
The employment offered is usually the refurbishment and sale of second-hand furniture. There are 28 Emmaus communities around the UK as well as shops where you can donate any unwanted furniture.
Nearest Emmaus shops:
Cheltenham 01242 269734, 18-19 Henrietta Street, Cheltenham, GL50 4AA
Nailsworth 01453 835036, Market Street. Nailsworth, GL6 0DA
Stroud 01453 766563, 56 London Road, Stroud, GL5 2AD