Emmaus Brighton & Hove Community celebrates its 20 Anniversary on February 3rd.
Two decades ago, little did we imagine that in 2017 the homeless situation in this city, as throughout the UK, would be so much worse. Through a combination of well-documented causes we are in the midst of a crisis, with rough sleeping doubling since 2010 and many more hidden homeless in hostels, squats or appallingly unsuitable accommodation. Emmaus plays a unique role in trying to combat this situation, offering not merely a band-aid, but a path back to permanent stability for those who need it.
Terry Waite, President of Emmaus UK, said: ‘The residents of Brighton and Hove have much to be proud of not least for their support over the past 20 years for the Emmaus Community. Emmaus not only provides a home for those without one but also enables them to regain their dignity as human beings and make a worthwhile contribution to society. None of this could have happened without the support and encouragement of local residents and we in Emmaus are truly grateful for the encouragement they have given. Emmaus Brighton and Hove has clearly shown that given a chance many homeless people can make a success of their lives. Emmaus continues to play a vital role is helping Brighton become a more caring and compassionate community. Long may that continue.
To celebrate this achievement Emmaus Brighton & Hove are planning a calendar of exciting events including:
- Spring fair on Saturday 8th April 2017
- Summer fair and open Day on Saturday 24th June
- Christmas fair on Saturday 2nd December
We will also be holding many more events throughout 2017 including speciality ‘pop up’ sales, exhibitions, activities and happenings!
You can keep up to date with all our news via our website: www.emmausbrighton.co.uk or find us on Facebook and Twitter @emmausbrighton
The first Emmaus Community was founded in Paris, in 1949, by Father Henri-Antoine Grouès, better known as Abbé Pierre. He was an MP, Catholic priest and former member of the French Resistance who fought to provide homes for those who lived on the streets of Paris.