Emmaus is a charity that gives back.
One of the most important parts of the Emmaus ethos is solidarity. This means working to help someone less fortunate than yourself.
This can be very valuable for Emmaus companions as it is often key to helping to rebuild self-esteem, proving that everyone has the capacity to make a difference to the lives of others.
Acts of solidarity can vary from raising money for a charity that means a lot to the companion or community, to doing work to help someone in the wider local community.
Some companions choose to support Emmaus projects in other parts of the world by sending donations to those who may struggle to collect them themselves. Shipping container units are regularly filled with furniture and other goods collected from communities all over the UK. These are then shipped to countries which struggle to access many of these items. These overseas Emmaus groups then sell the goods to raise money for their own communities.
Every Emmaus community holds a solidarity sale each year to raise money for Emmaus projects in poorer parts of the world.
In 2014-2015, more than £146,500 cash was given to solidarity causes. More than 7,900 hours were worked and nearly £100,000 of goods were donated by Emmaus communities across the UK.