Emmaus Bristol helps people out of homelessness and poverty. We provide a home, support, training and work experience to 29 formerly homeless men and women in Bristol (known in Emmaus as Companions), as well as a family of five. We are renovating a house currently which will be home to either a family at risk of homelessness, or single homeless sharers. We plan to expand our accommodation further over the next two years in response to the growing homelessness crisis.
Emmaus Bristol’s mission
Emmaus Bristol works with formerly homeless and other socially excluded people so that together we can gain control of our lives, and discover our common purpose to help others in need.
Our vision and values
We are working together towards a world where every person is valued and respected, without injustice or distinction. We believe in:
Companions volunteer to the best of their ability in our social enterprises, gaining work experience and skills to help them into future employment. They sign off benefits, with the exception of housing benefit if they are entitled to it, and we instead pay a living allowance generated from our social enterprises. We also work with local partners to provide Companions with external work experience and training.
People are supported to address the issues that may have led to them becoming homeless, or have occurred as a result of them being homeless.
We have three shops and a warehouse/ workshop to collect, sort, repair and sell donated pre-loved furniture, clothes and household items.
Emmaus Bristol also has a business incubator for start up businesses and social enterprises.