Cabriès – France
The ‘Abbé Pierre Oasis'
THE CONTEXT OF YOUR INITIATIVE
Faced with the rising demand of women looking for housing the Emmaus community in Cabriès decided to go ahead with a project for a new building so we can welcome more women, starting with unaccompanied women first of all.
THE ACTIVITIES CARRIED OUT AS PART OF YOUR INITIATIVE
The new building was opened on 10 June 2017 and is just next to the current residence which houses around 40 companions.
The new building includes 15 small, 21m² studio flats which have their own individual toilet as well as new furniture and a kitchen sink:
– 8 flats on the first floor for women in difficulties/couples that are formed in the community.
– 7 flats on the ground level to host retired companions.
The building also has:
– A 50m² communal area
– A launderette
The first female companion was hosted in late June. As well as welcoming women in difficulties this new building allows us to offer housing more adapted to the needs of our retirees, 3 of whom have already moved to this new building that we, collectively, decided to call the ‘Abbé Pierre Oasis’.
Women are welcomed in the same way as male companions and they are assigned to tasks within the community. They are provided with free housing and receive a monthly allowance.
3 of our retired companions who live in the community, where they continue to be active, have moved into the new building, freeing up 3 spaces for new companions in the other residence.
WHO IS INVOLVED FROM OUR GROUP?
The whole community is involved.
WHICH PARTNERS ARE YOU WORKING WITH ON THIS INITIATIVE?
Almost all the bedrooms were filled 2 weeks after we opened.