We are different to other homelessness services. Our charity doesn’t just offer a bed for the night; we provide a home and meaningful work.
When we opened our doors in 1993, Emmaus Coventry & Warwickshire was one of the first Emmaus communities to open in the UK. Emmaus communities give people a real feeling of belonging, which in turn gives them confidence and self respect, all of which can be driven out of you when you're homeless.
We accommodate up to 18 previously homeless adults (known as ‘companions’). We supply accommodation, all meals, basic clothing and toiletries along with support within a secure environment. We also offer meaningful work to all our companions; this can be in the home, garden work or in our shop.
Our community accommodation buildings is The Old Vicarage on Brinklow Road in Binley, Coventry.
Our companions sign off all government benefits, with the exception of housing benefit which is used to help to support the community. The rest of the funding that is needed is generated through social enterprise and fundraising. We raise funds through our second-hand furniture shop in Coventry, our house clearance service and the collection of bulky waste on behalf of Coventry City Council.
Research shows that for every £1 invested in an Emmaus community, there is an £11 return, with savings to the benefits bill, health services and a reduction in crime re-offending.