Homelessness charity sets up new home for clients

David Cooper, chairman of Emmaus Hastings, Amber Rudd MP, and the charity's patron Terry Waite.
David Cooper, chairman of Emmaus Hastings, Amber Rudd MP, and the charity's patron Terry Waite.
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A CHARITY which helps the town’s homeless people is opening a new home for its clients.

Emmaus Hastings and Rother will be welcoming its first few users at a new home in Whitworth Road, St Leonards next month. It will accommodate nine people.

Emmaus already runs a second-hand goods store at the site and volunteers are putting the finishing touches to the adjacent accommodation block.

The charity attended a celebratory reception at the House of Lords last Thursday (May 12), which Hastings MP Amber Rudd attended. It was to mark Emmaus’s 20th anniversary.

Ms Rudd said: “It’s so exciting to see what was a building site become a home for nine vulnerable people in the heart of Hastings. This is a really positive new initiative put together by some really inspiring volunteers.”

The charity aims to help people move on from homelessness by giving them a home and work in a supportive environment. For more information log onto www.emmaus.org.uk.