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Nuneaton Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

“I was re­ally bad with my money and I couldn’t pay my rent so I ended up home­less,” he said. “I was try­ing to get help through the coun­cil and they told me about Em­maus.

“Th­ese guys took me in, gave me a home and some work to do. You get to be part of a com­mu­nity which is great. They are re­ally good peo­ple.”

Em­maus Coven­try, which will cel­e­brate its 25th an­niver­sary next year, raises funds in a num­ber of ways and en­ter­prise man­ager Ian Mutch has the job of find­ing work for the com­pan­ions and mak­ing sure the char­ity is as prof­itable as pos­si­ble.

Stock that comes from do­na­tions and house clearances, in­clud­ing fur­ni­ture, elec­tri­cals, books, CDs and even bi­cy­cles, is sold on­line as well as in their Red Lane shop.

“It’s good that we can give th­ese guys new skills and it’s al­ways great to see the ticks in the boxes when peo­ple move on and how much they have achieved af­ter what they have been through,” Ian said. “We lead by ex­am­ple. I wouldn’t ask the com­pan­ions to do any­thing that I wouldn’t want to do my­self.”

Com­pan­ions are wel­come at Em­maus for as long as they want to stay, but for most it is a tem­po­rary home.

Once they have signed off their ben­e­fits and feel fit to get back to work, com­pan­ions can start to re­build their lives.

For Jonny, Matt and Con­nor, Em­maus has been a life­line.

With a new-found sense of pride and new skills, it will hope­fully not be long be­fore th­ese men are back on their feet, and the work they have done with Em­maus will help the char­ity to pro­vide the same care for oth­ers in the fu­ture.

The Em­maus shop can be found on Red Lane in Coven­try. Get in con­tact with them at their web­site for more in­for­ma­tion on do­nat­ing and the ser­vices they pro­vide.

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