Patrons Pull Together to Support Emmaus St Albans

CRASH Patrons have pulled together to help Emmaus St Albans expand their furniture retail and recycling facilities.

The development was vital for the Community to generate income to enable them to continue to support formerly homeless men and women.

Emmaus St Albans is a homelessness charity providing 33 formerly homeless people – known as Companions – with a safe home environment and the opportunity to work.

Emmaus collects donated furniture and other household items which are recycled, restored and resold. This funds the community and helps people to move on from homelessness.

Companions work full time, refurbishing and reselling donated furniture and various other recycling activities to earn their place in a working community.

Following consultations with Emmaus Companions and Staff, Ryder Architecture’s Ruth Baker created plans for a timber framed extension the rear of the building. Fellow Patrons AECOM took on the M&E and Structural Plans as well as acting as the Principal Designer. BAM Construct UK Project Managed the process right up until Emmaus was ready to put the contract out for tender.

The extension not only provides additional showroom and storage space, it also means that furniture deliveries will no longer have to go through the shop – something that has been welcomed by Companions and visitors in equal measure.

To complete the project, teams of volunteers from AECOM, BAM and Ryder Architecture decorated the showroom space under the tutelage of a local Construction Skills lecturer. All paint and associated decorating
materials were generously donated by Dulux Trade.

The Community will be joined by EmmausUK President Terry Waite in April to mark it’s official opening. In the meantime Companions and visitors are making the most of the new space.

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