Emmaus Team Sleep Out To Highlight Homelessness
Friday 23rd October 2015 09:11 Mossley & Saddleworth News Posted by Lee Wild

Homelessness charity Emmaus Mossley completed an overnight sleep out to highlight the plight of homeless people on World Homeless Day 2015.

On Saturday, staff, volunteers and companions (formerly homeless people) of Emmaus Mossley spent the night living and sleeping on the street.

The sleep out site at Ashton Market included settees and beds to highlight the ‘hidden homelessness’ reality that many people face.

Michael O’Connor, companion at Emmaus Mossley, said: “Before becoming homeless I worked in security and construction for many years.

“When the work dried up and my benefits stopped I found myself living on the streets for six years.

“Since joining Emmaus I feel motivated, have a purpose every day and really value being part of the community.”

Emmaus Mossley supports 24 formerly homeless people by providing them with a home and work in a community setting.

The charity runs a social enterprise in Mossley, selling donated and upcycled furniture, household goods and vintage wares.

Hazel Hodkinson, shop manager of Emmaus Mossley, said: “We wanted to sleep out for World Homeless Day 2015 to raise awareness about people who find themselves homeless.

“Homelessness comes in many forms and it’s on the rise so there is a great need to support those
people in our society who find themselves in that position.”

Emmaus Mossley are collecting donations of items for people who are homeless and living on the streets.
These include backpacks, blankets, sleeping bags, (new) socks and underwear, tooth brushes and thermos flasks to be distributed this winter.

Emmaus Mossley, based at Longlands Mill, Queen Street, Mossley, is open Monday to Saturday and will be collecting donations throughout the coming weeks.

To find out more or to support Emmaus Mossley you can visit www.emmausmossley.org.uk.

Alternatively, if you would like to get involved would like to donate an item, please telephone 01457 838608 or you can visit the store at Longlands Mill, Queen Street, Mossley.

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