The Emmaus community in Leeds opened in 2003 and provides a home to 26 formerly homeless men and women, known as companions.
Our companions work together with local volunteers and staff to run a charity reuse and recycling social enterprise with two retail outlets in Leeds.
Emmaus Leeds works closely with other organisations in the area to support those people who are homeless or trapped by poverty and to help them develop skills and self-respect through working and contributing.
As well as working at the community and social enterprise, companions are supported in whatever way they need to address the issues that have brought them to Emmaus. We encourage people to look outside themselves; working in projects to help others in the neighbourhood, and much further afield.
Our companions have been involved locally in helping the elderly, soup runs, working with offenders and, through our links with the Emmaus International movement, in projects in France, Bosnia and Italy.
In our charity shops we sell all manner of recycled second-hand goods, from furniture, bric-a-brac, records, books and clothes to electrical goods, DVDs, toys and bicycles.
Emmaus Leeds offers a collection and delivery service for those items that are too large for personal transportation. We also repair and refurbish furniture, white-goods and bikes at our own on-site workshops.