Thursday 22 May 2014

New shop open and home underway for Emmaus Merseyside

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Work has begun to create a new Emmaus community in Merseyside, providing a home and meaningful work for 28 people who have experienced homelessness.

Emmaus Merseyside, working in partnership with Riverside and Sefton Borough Council, will provide a place to live, training, work and personal support to enable 28 formerly homeless people to rebuild their lives and move on to independent living.

The £2.4m residential development, which is part-funded by the Homes and Communities Agency and Riverside, is due for completion in Spring 2015.

Nigel Mellor, chair of Emmaus Merseyside said: “This ceremony marks a significant stage in establishing an Emmaus community in Merseyside. We will provide 28 self-contained bedrooms, together with two staff rooms and a range of other communal facilities including a kitchen, dining room, lounges and training services. The Emmaus companions who live in the accommodation, will help run their own home and social enterprise activities nearby, which will ultimately generate sufficient income to sustain the whole operation.”

He continued: “The start on site and opening of the retail superstore mark the culmination of several years of really hard work by all those involved.”