Wednesday 11 July 2018

25th Anniversary Event Success

25th Anniversary

Emmaus Coventry & Warwickshire celebrated its 25th anniversary in style with an open day event including special guest Terry Waite CBE.

Our birthday bash took place on Saturday 30th June, celebrating 25 years since the opening of our homelessness community in Binley.

Terry Waite CBE, President of Emmaus UK, was one of the special guests at the event, meeting with staff, supporters and companions. 

Congratulations to everybody who has contributed to the development of this wonderful community. We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to so many people who have supported Emmaus Coventry & Warwickshire over the years. One of the reasons that Emmaus stands out is the way it enables formerly homeless people to regain their dignity through work and companionship. People no longer need to feel alone or isolated and they are offered support to get back on their feet in their own time."

Terry Waite CBE, President of Emmaus UK

Since we opened our doors in 1993, Emmaus Coventry & Warwickshire has grown considerably. Our charity currently provides a home and meaningful work for 18 people who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion. Some stay for a while as they gain confidence and skills before they are ready to move on to independent living, while others are in need of longer-term support and are able to stay for as long as they need to. Those being supported help to run social enterprises, including our second-hand furniture shop in Coventry, to help fund the charity’s work.

Guests at the special event enjoyed history tours of the charity’s accommodation building which is a restored former vicarage dating back to the 15th century, as well as a variety of stalls, a bouncy castle and refreshments.

The celebration was a real success. It was a chance to showcase what we do as a charity, giving local people, as well as old and new supporters, the opportunity to meet some of the people we support and find out first-hand how we help.”

Geraldine Tsakirakis, Community Director at Emmaus Coventry & Warwickshire

Emmaus Coventry & Warwickshire is calling on local people to help raise £25,000 by the end of this special year. Find out about the '£25K for 25 Years' Appeal.