On Thursday 6th July, I had the pleasure of opening a new Emmaus shop at Foxholes Farm in Hertford. As part of the event Lord Charles Cecil also announced the charity’s change of name, from Emmaus St Albans to Emmaus Hertfordshire.
Emmaus Hertfordshire opened its doors in 2002 providing a home and work to formerly homeless people, and over the past 15 years it has grown significantly. There are now six retail outlets across Hertfordshire in addition to the community house at Hill End Lane in St Albans that houses 35 formerly homeless people that all work in the social enterprise.
Tony Ferrier, CEO at Emmaus St Albans said: “Emmaus St Albans is expanding and reaching out to all corners of Hertfordshire. The opening of our new shop at Foxholes Farm in Hertford seemed like the right time for us to change our name to reflect this growth, and ensure that our customers know that we offer a countywide service. The new shop at Foxholes Farm consists of 186sqm of retail space and an additional 142sqm of storage, recycling and sorting space for our free collection and house clearance services”.
I was thrilled to be part of this special day and wish them every luck in their new venture.