Here is another story illustrating how the work of Emmaus can change people's lives. Michael lives in an Emmaus community and this is his story.
"My marriage lasted for twenty two years but the relationship broke up because I was never at home. I worked extremely long hours on the farm. Then my life became very stressful and I was in hospital with drink related illnesses.
I slept rough on and off for two years, mainly in the woods because
at least I wasn't out in the open. I mixed with people who were taking drugs and I didn't feel safe. My worst point was when I was sleeping rough on marshland and one night it was raining very hard. I woke up surrounded by water and I ended up in hospital again.
I wasn't sure about Emmaus at first but now I am relaxed and happier. It's peaceful and safe here. I have just done Level 2 in Health and Safety and I hope to do further training and education. When I get up in the morning I have something positive to do. It's important to me that this is a working community. It's only fair to do your share and not to expect things to be given to you in a plate."
Thank you for your support so far this year for this worthwhile Charity; it is very much appreciated. Like so many other charities, Emmaus would not exist without the generosity of the general public. Also please remember that if you have friends or family who live near an Emmaus Community and they are planning to dispose of quality furniture the Emmaus Community would be pleased to hear from them.
Written by the Minister & Members