Emmaus Village Carlton has always had the intention of becoming an integral part of the wider community. In the seven years since we first opened we have achieved our core aim of establishing a home and work for 29 previously homeless people. Support for the project has been from a very diverse number of funding and grant making bodies including the Lottery, private donations, company donations and a huge number of private individuals. Not only have we succeeded in establishing our core Community and re-cycling business, we have also been fortunate in being able to carry out several local community projects. We are committed to developing a range of services for local people and organisations. We intend to re-furbish the old Chapel building as a Community Hall together with the Gardens, specifically designed for use by visitors and companions, including those with mobility restrictions. We are also in the process of refurbishing another building and have let out office space to several people and organisations, with we hope more to follow soon.
The Emmaus Movement
EVC is a member of the worldwide Federation of Emmaus Communities. The aim of Emmaus is to turn charity on its head. It not only offers homeless people the opportunity to help themselves, but to help others - it is the latter which allows the rediscovery of a sense of purpose in life.
Dom Gregory van der Kleij, OSB.
We are very sad to have to tell you of the death of Dom Gregory, Superior of the Monastery at Turvey in May 2005. Dom Gregory was the founder of Emmaus Village Carlton and this is his story about how the project became set up: "A homeless man, Chris, used to visit the monastery quite often and still does. We were thinking and thinking about setting up Emmaus and saw no way of doing so. Chris got a lift to somewhere from a businessman who listened to Chris describing Turvey. The result of their chat was a cheque for £20,000, for the monks to use as they wished. We all agreed where that money ought to go and our donor therefore added another £10,000." A large number of his friends became interested and together with the Monks raised enough money to start up the Community in December 2001. We have made incredible progress with the Emmaus project and are very grateful to Dom Gregory for his beginning it.
Emmaus Village Carlton
(A community of Emmaus Turvey Limited - Registered Charity )