Emmaus Dover was established in the mid 1990s in response to a perceived need for a more sustained approach to helping the homeless community. The founders negotiated a 99 year peppercorn lease with English Heritage, owners of the dilapidated Archcliffe fort site overlooking the English Channel, and set about renovating some of the dilapidated buildings to make them habitable and usable.
The charity now provides long term accommodation, as well as meaningful work, for men and women who have experienced homelessness and social isolation. By offering a stable home and opportunity to work in the charity’s social enterprises, Emmaus provides the support formerly homeless people need to overcome a loss of self-esteem and rebuild their lives. People supported by Emmaus Dover can learn new skills in the charity’s furniture workshop where donated furniture is repaired and then sold in the Emmaus shops in Canterbury, Dover and Ashford. They can also gain qualifications to test electrical items before they are sold.
The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust awarded a £10,000 grant to support Emmaus Dover’s Building a Better Future Project. This helped to fund a new furniture workshop and new warehouse space, part of a four-phase project.
To find out more about Emmaus Dover or to make a donation please see the Emmaus website