As winter approaches, watch out once again for bogus charity collectors, both in the streets and on your doorsteps. Last year, they called themselves SOS 116 and declared themselves to be linked with Emmaus of Perpignan but they invent new names and quote genuine charities every year, so be suspicious (sadly) of ANYONE collecting door to door for charity.

Emmaus is a genuine and registered charity and stipulate that they do not operate in this fashion, and anybody collecting for charity in their name is bogus.


Emmaüs  was founded in Paris in 1949 by Father Henri-Antoine Groues, Catholic priest, MP and former member of the French Resistance during WW2. He was better known by his resistance name of Abbé Pierre.

emmausWhen a desperate, suicidal man came to him for help, he took him in and asked him to join in his mission to help the homeless.

Georges became the first of a group of ‘Emmaüs  Companions’ supported by and living in the home of Abbé Pierre, working to build temporary homes for those in need.

When the money ran out, Abbé Pierre toured the restaurants and businesses of Paris begging for donations. His ‘companions’ were outraged. There had to be another way. They became rag and bone men, going through bins, collecting people’s unwanted items and selling them on….and so Emmaüs  was born.

Donate any unwanted items by taking them along yourself or arrange for larger items to be collected.

Emmaüs Catalogne
RD 900 Mas de Garria
Tel : 04 68 54 59 60

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