Emmaus Colchester was set up in 1999 by a team of trustees and volunteers who wanted to create an Emmaus community in the town.
After many years of fundraising, including opening a charity shop, the group worked with Genesis Housing Corporation to build and open a purpose-built community, providing accommodation for 20 Emmaus companions and one member of staff.
Since then, the business has expanded to encompass two warehouse shops and two shops on the high street. This business success has allowed us to rent two extra properties, which provide move-on accommodation for companions who feel ready to move into independent living again. We are now expanding to include an online store on eBay as well.
Around 37 people per year are benefiting from the support offered at Emmaus Colchester, with many using their time with us to regain their self-esteem and re-establish family contacts, helping them to move on successfully with their lives. We are proud that four of our former companions have went on to become Emmaus employees.