Homelessness charity Emmaus Dover has received a £17.5k boost from the Freemasons.
Offering a much-needed lifeline, the Freemasons’ grant will help cover the cost of food, household bills, living expenses and professional development for the 27 people the charity supports.
Emmaus Dover helps people out of homelessness by offering them a home, plus the chance to work, train and learn new skills for future employment.
The latest national lockdown forced the charity to close its two shops for a third time, resulting in a substantial loss of income needed to support the community.
Community manager Debra Stevenson said:
“Hearing the news about the Freemasons’ donation brought smiles to our companions’ faces and brightened everyone’s day. This generous grant will help us get through this time with a little more financial security and will keep our vulnerable companions safe in their community.”
Having donated £1 million between April and July 2020, to help those impacted by the pandemic, the Freemasons are now focusing on protecting homeless people with a new series of donations totalling £850,000.
Emmaus communities in 12 locations across the UK are among the organisations being prioritised by the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE), which is the governing body for the Freemasons in England and Wales.
In addition, the Freemasons will be volunteering their time at 26 homelessness organisations.
To find out more about the work of Emmaus Dover, visit their website.