Emmaus Oxford

New Year, New Start

Emmaus Oxford is raising money to help homeless people in Oxford to make a new start in the new year. Our New Year, New Start project will support people who've been homeless to gain skills, qualifications and experience which makes them more employable.

Donations open 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019

open_in_new https://www.emmaus.org.uk/oxford

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1066618)

Campaign target

£7,700

Amount raised

£7,741

Donations

44

Championed by Impact Fund

  • I believe in the philosophy of encouraging homeless people to rebuild their lives through work as a community and serving others.

    — Terry, Supporter

  • The team embraced me and helped me to nurture my inner talents. They encouraged me to work hard and helped me develop as a person. If I hadn’t found Emmaus, there’s a chance that I’d have gone back to my old way of living, and ended up back in prison.

    — Joe, Companion

  • I’m really pleased to have found Emmaus. My mental health has improved a lot and I’m not sure what my life would be like today if I didn’t have their support.

    — Roman, Companion

  • I’ve learnt that you can turn a negative into a positive. With the support of my family, and the staff at rehab and Emmaus, I’ve now been clean and sober for seven years. I’ve learnt to have courage and to believe that change is possible. Magical things can happen!

    — Jason, Companion

Situation

People who have been homeless struggle to enter the job market. They might have no work history, or a patchy CV. Many homeless people have left education without the qualifications they need. And overall, being homeless saps people's confidence and sense of hope for the future.

Solution

Emmaus Oxford gives homeless people the space and support to rebuild their skills and find work. We call the formerly homeless people who join us Companions. Companions live and work in our community for as long as they need to. Research suggests that this is the most effective approach for homeless people with complex needs. Over that time we ask each person to work and we fund training and education opportunities. When each person is ready, we help them to find and keep employment.