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Wednesday, 10 June 2015 (3066817)
Successful first year for Emmaus store
by Tom Martin

EMMAUS Merseyside’s charity superstore in Seaforth is celebrating its first birthday this month.

The charity has gone from strength to strength over the past year, raising the cash and support needed to build a purpose built community building which will open in August for homeless people.

When up and running, it will help get 28 people off the streets by providing them with a home and work in a community setting.

The charity is working with Riverside Housing to complete this project, which is expected to cost around £2.5million and will be built on School Lane, in Seaforth.

Emmaus stresses that it will not be a hostel, but a facilty to provide a home for someone as long as they need it, and residents will be expected to work for a social enterprise.

To mark the one year anniversary milestone of the charity shop, Emmaus Merseyside is offering all customers 20 per cent off when they spend £20 or more.

Nigel Mellor, Chair of Emmaus Merseyside, said: “We opened the Emmaus Merseyside Charity superstore in 2014 after a long search for suitable premises. Over the past year we have received great support from our volunteers, customers, the local community and a host of other organisations. We’re very excited for the future and look forward to supporting previously homeless people from across Merseyside in our new community building.”

Emmaus' homeless facility will be their 26th in the UK, working to support the people by providing them with a stable home and meaningful work.

Terry Waite CBE, president of Emmaus UK, is delighted with the growth and development of the charity across the UK.

Terry, whose experience in captivity in Lebanon gave him a great insight into the misery, isolation, fear, boredom and despair that many homeless people go through, feels empathy with those who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion.

Terry added: “Over 20 years ago I opened the first community in Cambridge and it has been a great pleasure to see how the Emmaus movement has prospered over the last 25 years. By enabling people who have experienced homelessness to help themselves, a great contribution is being made to one of the greatest social problems.”


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