What we do
Emmaus Hertfordshire enables people to move on from homelessness, providing work and a home in a supportive, family environment.
Companions, as residents are known, volunteer full time collecting, renovating and reselling donated furniture through the Emmaus Hertfordshire social enterprise. This supports the community financially and enables companions to develop skills, rebuild their self-esteem and help others in greater need.
Companions receive accommodation, food, support, education, clothing and a small weekly allowance, but for many, the greatest benefit is a fresh start. To join a community, they sign off unemployment benefits and agree to participate in the life and ethos of the community.
Emmaus Hertfordshire has room for 39 companions, they have their own front door key and are encouraged to make Emmaus their home for as long as they need.
All of this however would not be possible were it not for the Emmaus second-hand furniture social enterprise and all the donations we receive. All donated goods are sorted, repaired, priced and sold by the companions who do everything from driving the vans to running the shops to renovating and up-cycling the furniture. We rely upon the generous donations of our supporters and we would like to thank them for their continued support.
Emmaus Hertfordshire also prides itself on the solidarity work that we do, for which we have won two awards for. Once someone becomes a companion and is provided shelter, warmth, support and care by Emmaus, they are encouraged to help others in more need. Our solidarity work ranges from local projects such as providing a cooked meal twice a week to Centre 33, to a five-mile obstacle course to raise money for a local hospice, to collecting and delivering aid to disadvantaged countries.