Wednesday 27 April 2016

Emmaus looks to the challenges ahead

Emmaus UK Simon Grainge chief operating officer 140318

I’m sure many of our supporters will have noticed an increase in the number of people sleeping on the streets. The most recent rough sleeper counts conducted by the Department for Communities and Local Government shows another, significant rise in homelessness. 

Of course, this will only be the tip of the iceberg since many more homeless people are sofa surfing, sleeping in hostels or hiding away in derelict buildings. That’s why, in response to the growing need, Emmaus is aiming to provide 1,000 companion bedrooms by 2020 – that’s 239 more than our communities currently provide. It’s a huge challenge but, with your continued support, I believe we’re up to the task.

There are four Emmaus groups in Bradford, Gateshead, Ipswich and Cornwall that are working hard to open new communities. Many established communities are also looking to expand in order to help us reach our 1000-bed target. For example, Emmaus Cambridge is due to start building a 10-bedroom extension this year and Emmaus St Albans is also supporting the development of another community in Barnet.

I know that our companions, volunteers, staff and trustees have the energy and determination to achieve our goal, but they also depend on your kind support. If you can spare a gift to help, it would be very gratefully received. You can give online at www.emmaus.co.uk or please call us on 0300 303 7555.

Thank you.

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