Our history

Emmaus Glasgow was started in 1997 by a small steering group of four volunteers led by Duncan Wallace. They were challenged to start the group by a French Emmaus community, who donated a small amount of seed capital to get the venture off the ground.

Glasgow community home and shop in Ellesmere Street

Alan Grant was employed as the first development worker as the activities to find premises and funding progressed. An office was established and this led to Emmaus Glasgow being set up as a Scottish registered charity and company limited by guarantee, in 1999, with a board of hard working voluntary trustees.

The 24 self-contained flats comprising the new Emmaus Glasgow community opened Monday, 2 January 2006, with the first two companions.

Companions at Emmaus Glasgow have always had a strong commitment to solidarity work. In 2009, the companions agreed to run a soup kitchen one night per week in the centre of Glasgow. This has grown to two nights a week in 2014, and in addition, surplus food is collected by Emmaus companions from a number of major supermarkets and distributed to a number of other local homeless charities.

Emmaus Glasgow has offices, workshops, three charity shops, and two residential flats, a full time general manager, several companion support staff, a charity shop manager, a bookkeeper and a part-time administrator.

We also run a gardening business, with fully trained tree surgeons working to keep Glasgow's gardens neat and tidy. To find out more just give us a call on 0141 353 3903.

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