Emmaus Village Carlton: a path out of homelessness

Emmaus communities in the UK support people to work their way out of homelessness, providing meaningful work and a stable home for as long as they need it. Frank McMahon, chairman of the trustees, tells us more about their work and their vision for the future.

In 1949 Father Henri-Antoine Grouès, better known as Abbé Pierre, an MP, Catholic priest and former member of the French Resistance, founded the first Emmaus community to provide homes for people who lived on the streets of Paris. Today Emmaus is an international solidarity movement to combat poverty and homelessness and is active in 38 countries across the globe.

Emmaus communities in the UK support people to work their way out of homelessness, providing meaningful work and a stable home for as long as someone needs it.

"By borrowing from Charity Bank to invest in our site, we’ve been able to give our companions a vastly improved working environment."

Frank McMahon, chairman of the trustees, Emmaus Village Carlton

At Emmaus Village Carlton, formerly homeless people find a place where they can enjoy companionship and support. Putting the Emmaus ethos into practice, our companions (the name we give to the formerly homeless men and women we support) live and work in the community and they decide whether to move on or remain. We used three loans from Charity Bank for refurbishment work on our 15 acre site, which now includes several Emmaus homes as well as a boutique, a furniture shop and a bric-a-brac store run by companions.

By borrowing from Charity Bank to invest in our site, we’ve been able to give our companions a vastly improved working environment.


To find out more about Emmaus and their work to support homeless people, visit: http://www.emmaus.org.uk