The mission of Emmaus House is to provide hope and hospitality to our neighbors in Peoplestown and beyond. Through a variety of programs for children, adults and seniors, we strive to be the love of Christ incarnate in our immediate community and to form relationships that embody the reconciling love of God.
An integral part of our vocation is also to provide a setting in which members of God's household in the diocese of Atlanta and beyond can share ministry experiences that broaden their understanding of the gospel call to "strive for justice and peace among all people."
About the Site:
Emmaus House is located on a campus of five clapboard buildings surrounded by wonderful gardens in a historically African American neighborhood in the center of Atlanta. We offer after-school tutoring, community arts classes, a three-day-a-week seniors group, a help center for those needing hospitality, guidance and assistance, an eight-week summer camp, Christmas gifts and celebration for neighborhood children, a parenting program, and a monthly community meal. The Emmaus House Chapel, also located on our campus, houses a mission parish of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta with regular Sunday services.
The help center is called the Lokey Center. It provides vouchers for Georgia photo IDs and government-subsidized cellphones. Persons also receive mail at this office, including General Assistance, Social Security, and SSI checks. The Lokey Center assists persons in applying for SSI/Social Security Disability and referral to lawyers when needed.
Students can work with any of our programs and with the Chapel Community. Programs run Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Saturday Arts program runs from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. The chapel community meets for a children’s breakfast and Sunday School at 9:30 a.m., and the liturgy begins at 10:30 a.m. with adult Sunday School following. A student placed at Emmaus House has latitude to fit his or her 4 hours of service into the above time frames based on interest and availability.