Rebuilding Lives by Recycling Household Goods
Emmaus Glasgow, the charity where everyone can win.
To enable socially excluded people to regain control of their lives, discover a sense of purpose and generate the wherewithal to help those in greater need, by establishing and maintaining a self-supporting community.
Emmaus Glasgow are a community of twenty four previously homeless people, each living in good quality individual bedsits, with six staff and twenty volunteers helping to run a business by recycling household goods through three charity shops.
Full time team work is the basis of the individual companion’s recovery and development, sadly some drop out although they can come back again, a high proportion of Emmaus companions move on to independent living and employment.
The financial savings to the City of Glasgow is over £600,000 based on averaging five recent academic studies into the cost of homelessness, showing that a homeless person requires about £26,000 in support services. The financial turnover of Emmaus Glasgow is just over £400,000. Taking these two positive financial gains together indicates that Emmaus Glasgow adds an annual value of more than £1,000,000 to the City of Glasgow.
Emmaus Glasgow reduces the feelings of isolation by providing community and team work, it also provide safety, security, a home, food, clothing and weekly spending money. Most importantly Emmaus Glasgow reduces boredom and despair by offering full time work for all abilities, encouraging self development and self esteem through professional coaching. Eventually Emmaus Glasgow offers a path back to independent living with individual visions for new futures.
Emmaus Glasgow has a positive effect on the environment, because thousands of items of household goods are diverted from landfill to get pride of place in the homes of our charity shop customers, who feel good because Emmaus Glasgow would rather have a happy customer with a good bargain, who will come back again and again.
Is this very cost effective solution an answer for other Scottish towns?
Help us to help others by donating household goods and clothing in good condition that can be used by others less fortunate.
To offer donations and arrange pick up telephone 0141 353 3903.