Charity Shop: Emmaus This is one of these hidden treasures that not a lot of people will know about when visiting. There are 2 shops nearby, one in Brive and one in Limoges, you will be able to find some lovely plates, books, clothes and much more also the prices are really good and when buying you are helping others. The prices are very good compared to some brocantes. You will find a shop in Brive: http://www.emmaus-brive.fr and in Limoges: http://emmaus87.fr About Emmaus (French: Emmaüs) is an international charitable movement founded in Paris in 1949 by the Catholic priest Abbé Pierre to combat poverty and homelessness. Since 1971 regional and national initiatives have been grouped under a parent organization, Emmaus International, now run by Jean Rousseau, representing 310 groups in 38 countries, offering a range of charitable services. Emmaus is a secular organisation, but Communities around the world have kept the name because of its symbolism. History Abbé Pierre, founder of the Emmaus movement The first Emmaus Community was founded by Father Henri-Antoine Groues (known as Abbé Pierre) in Paris in 1949. The former Resistance member was also an MP who fought to provide accommodation for the homeless people of Paris. Abbé Pierre also took on the first Emmaus Companion, a former convict called Georges who had attempted suicide in the Seine. George helped to build temporary homes for those in need (initially in the priest’s own garden), and then on any land they could obtain. from Parliament in 1951, Abbé Pierre dedicated himself to the homeless cause. He struggled to pay Georges and the first 18 members of the Emmaus Community. The priest was rebuffed by his Church for begging at restaurants and so organised ‘rag pickers’ to collect unwanted items for resale. This formed the basis of Emmaus Communities raising funds and using profits to help others. The harsh winter of 1954 led to a number of homeless people’s deaths and Abbé Pierre appealed through the newspapers and on the radio for donations. The French people responded and Emmaus grew from a national charity into an international one. Emmaus Communities now began to appear across Europe, French West Africa, the Far East and South America. By the early 1990s there were Emmaus Communities in over 40 countries.