John’s back from Africa to support homeless

John Harrison
John Harrison

A Rothbury man has been appointed manager of a charity which has created a house for homeless people in South Tyneside.

John Harrison will be working as a community manager for Emmaus North East, which is transforming a former children’s home in South Shields.

Prior to joining the organisation, John worked for a charity in Liberia, conducting school feeding, and before that for a cause in Malawi on community development projects.

He said: “I was attracted to the work of Emmaus after learning about the emphasis that is placed on community living, solidarity and equality, with a strong vision that everyone has a home and a sense of belonging.

“In our own communities people can very easily slip through the cracks and end up homeless with limited opportunities, leaving them feeling valueless.”