Monday 24 September 2018

Recycle Week 2018 appeal


Formerly homeless man asks for used furniture to help our charity.

Jordan (22) was homeless from the age of 15, before Emmaus Coventry & Warwickshire gave him a place to live and the support he needed to continue to overcome his drug addiction. During national Recycle Week (24th – 30th September 2018), Jordan is calling on local people to donate and “recycle” unwanted items of furniture in order to help more vulnerable people change their lives for the better.

Each year, our Coventry-based homelessness charity ensures that over 6,700 pieces of furniture, worth over £120,000 a year, including wardrobes, beds and three-piece suites, are saved from the rubbish tip. Instead, we offer a free collection service for items in good condition. The collected goods are then sold in our specialist second-hand furniture shop on Red Lane, to help fund the charity’s work.

Emmaus Coventry & Warwickshire 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; others are in need of longer-term support and are able to stay for as long as they need to. We're celebrating our 25th anniversary this year.

When Jordan was at his lowest point, our charity’s support made all the difference:

At 15, I was asked to leave my family home. The prospect of homelessness scared me a lot. I slept where I could – on the streets or in the woods and sofa surfing. I ended up being homeless for six years. I would sleep over at four-day parties, taking whatever drugs I could get my hands on, in a room full of people that I had never met before. There were times when I was in a scary situation - sometimes I owed money to drug dealers; it definitely made me grow up quicker. This is the longest time that I’ve been clean; Emmaus has given me the opportunity to get up and go, and have a new outlook on things. I used to spend any money that I made on drugs, but now I plan to get a job so I can save up for a deposit on a flat. There is simply no other charity that does the work that Emmaus does. It’s helped to change my life completely and I wouldn’t be where I am now without Emmaus."

Jordan is now calling on local people to help:

We’re asking people to take a look around their house, sheds, lofts and garages – if they have any quality furniture they don’t need, they can call us to book a free collection from their home.”

We’re proud to think that by offering our free collection service, we’re doing our bit to encourage people to think more about recycling. It’s a great alternative to having to take your unwanted furniture to the tip. We hope that our local community will pull together to help Emmaus make a difference - everything sold in the new shop will raise money to help us change the lives of formerly homeless people like Jordan.

To book a free collection for unwanted furniture, please call 024 7666 1466 or click here to book online.