Emmaus Village Carlton has launched an emergency appeal for support after the coronavirus pandemic forced them to close their popular shop and bistro, which is a major source of their income.
The charity currently supports 42 formerly homeless people by giving them accommodation, meaningful work experience, funded training and an opportunity to regain lost self-esteem to help rebuild their lives.
Funds raised through its popular Home Store charity shop and Bistro near Carlton have now dried up due to the ‘lockdown’ restrictions imposed across the country.
While the closure is temporary, there is no idea when restrictions will be lifted and they pose a significant risk to the charity.
“The people we support are staying at home and we’re trying to keep everyone safe,” said Angela Foll, Chief Community Officer at the charity.
“Our Home Store and Bistro are closed but the support we offer to formerly homeless people continues.
“It is vital we do all we can to ensure everyone’s wellbeing and keep a roof over their head.”
Steve Scott, one of the beneficiaries of Emmaus Village Carlton added: “I spent all my life working hard for very good companies.
“I was living a great life but beneath it there was a different person, someone who was struggling with keeping up with this persona and eventually this led to me having problems with alcohol.
“My depression levels hit rock bottom and I lost my job and home. If it wasn’t for Emmaus, I would never have turned my life around.
“They have given me a place to live and the support I need, as well as the chance to work every day and the sense of self-worth that comes with that.”
To find out more or support Emmaus Village Carlton’s emergency appeal head to emmaus.org.uk/village-carlton/covid-19-appeal