Emmaus House Celebrates 50 Year Anniversary September 15–17 in Conjunction with Peoplestown Reunion

Atlanta, GA – September 7, 2017 – For the past 50 years, Emmaus House has worked toward the goal that all families in Peoplestown experience academic achievement and sustained economic success. Emmaus House has come a long way over the years, from exciting beginnings with Father Austin Ford in the 1960’s to a thriving hub of activity today. “We’re excited to celebrate this special milestone in the life of Emmaus House,” said Greg Cole, Executive Director at Emmaus House. “During our 50th anniversary weekend, we will join with the Annual Peoplestown Reunion to celebrate our history of service and look ‘Forward from 50’ toward our bright future.”

Emmaus House is grateful for our partnership with the residents of Peoplestown. We welcome community members, past and present residents of Peoplestown and friends of Emmaus House to celebrate all that we have accomplished together over the past 50 years during a three-day celebration September 15–17, 2017.

September 15, 6 – 8 p.m.
Please join us for a celebratory cocktail reception in Ezzard Hall at Emmaus House. This is an opportunity for friends who have been touched by Emmaus House over the years to reconnect, meet new friends, and share stories of their experiences. Tickets are $20. Purchase tickets here.

September 16, 12 – 4 p.m.
In partnership with the annual Peoplestown Reunion, we will join our neighbors for an open house, a history walk including 50 years of highlights, and a barbecue sponsored by Episcopal Church of the Annunciation. We will collect stories from those who have been around Emmaus House over the years, so come prepared with your best experiences. All are welcome to join us for this celebration of our years of transformational service in the neighborhood. This event is free and open to the public.

September 17, 10:30 a.m.
The Episcopal Chapel at Emmaus House will celebrate a Festive Eucharist to recommit ourselves to God's work in Peoplestown and beyond. All are invited to worship with us on this very special day. This event is free and open to the public.

About Emmaus House
Emmaus House stands for justice and equity, rooted in faith and a deep respect for the dignity of every human being. We harness the power of community, education, hope, and love to dismantle poverty, racism, and other barriers to opportunity in the lives and communities we serve. We provide access to high-quality educational experiences for children, youth, and parents as well as crisis support for individuals and intensive case management for families. Our food pantry, in partnership with the Atlanta Community Food Bank, helps to remove food instability as a barrier to success. A full detailed list of our programs can be found: here.

Emmaus House serves residents of Peoplestown, an underserved neighborhood in Atlanta just south of Turner Field. Emmaus House programs focus on three strategic priorities: Economic Success, Academic Achievement and Youth Development, and Grassroots Leadership and Social Justice.

Emmaus House seeks transformational change in the lives of individuals, within communities, and in the systems that shape them. We seek to empower people who experience the effects of poverty, race inequality, and educational disparities.
 

See the Emmaus House impact via our 2016 Overview video.

Read what Emmaus House is up to via our August Newsletter.

Experience Emmaus House activities via our Facebook Page.

Learn more about Emmaus House via our Instagram Profile.

Celebrate our 50-year legacy via our digital History Walk.

 

Contact
Melissa R. Brogdon  
Emmaus House, Director of Development and Communications
404-525-5948 ext. 13
melissabrogdon@emmaushouse.org

 
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CDF Freedom Schools® Scholars at Camp Mikell

Our scholars at CDF Freedom Schools® wrapped up their summer by spending four days at Camp Mikell in the North Georgia Mountains. This camp provides students opportunities for learning, fun, and creative expression while developing leadership skills and self-confidence through outdoor activities. Check out highlights from their weekend. 

50th Anniversary Celebration in Peoplestown

Emmaus House has come a long way over the years, from humble beginnings with Father Austin Ford in the 1960’s. We’re grateful for our partnership with the residents of Peoplestown and look forward to celebrating all that we have accomplished together over the past 50 years during a three-day celebration September 15 - 17, 2017. 

September 15, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Please join us for a celebratory cocktail reception in Ezzard Hall at Emmaus House. This is an opportunity for friends who have been touched by Emmaus House over the years to reconnect, meet new Emmaus House friends, and share stories of their experiences.  Tickets are $20.

September 16, 12 - 4 p.m. 

In partnership with the annual Peoplestown Reunion, we will join our neighbors for an open house, a history walk including 50 years of highlights, and a barbecue sponsored by Episcopal Church of the Annunciation. We’ll be collecting stories from those of you who have been around Emmaus House over the years, so come prepared with your best experiences. Or, come and make some new memories. All are welcome to join us for this celebration of our years of transformational service in the neighborhood. This event is free and open to the public.

September 17, 10:30 a.m.

The Episcopal Chapel at Emmaus House will celebrate a Festive Eucharist to recommit ourselves to God's work in Peoplestown and beyond. All are invited to worship with us on this very special day. This event is free and open to the public.

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Youth on the Move: Senior Spotlight
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The Youth on the Move program provides middle and high school students with academic assistance as well as college and career guidance to help prepare students for success as adults. This year, all four of our seniors graduated and are well on their way to reaching their goals.

This fall, Alexis Peterson will attend Valdosta State, where she has earned $20,000 in academic scholarships.  

Quavontaye Scott is working as a Servant Leader intern for the Emmaus House Freedom Schools as he prepares to enter the University of West Georgia. 

Malik Holmes has enlisted in the United States Army and is excited about earning a $64,000 scholarship to pay for his college education. 

Jamal Shakoor plans to attend Atlanta Technical College in the future and is interested in music production. 

Our seniors have bright futures ahead, and we hope you’ll join us in wishing them all the best!

Grateful for Food Pantry Expansion

Thanks to a generous gift from the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Emmaus House recently doubled the size our food pantry. This expansion makes it possible for us to offer a client choice model that allows participants to choose the groceries they need, much like most of us do when we go to the grocery store. We now offer a greater variety of food such as meat, dairy items, and produce. We are very happy to provide this higher degree of service to our neighbors and are grateful for the opportunity to strengthen our relationship with the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

In June, Emmaus House served 132 households, consisting of 367 household members. In the past year, we have distributed over 30,000 lbs. of food, and we expect to distribute even more in the coming year. Want to get involved? Your $10 donation buys groceries from our food pantry for one family. Donate today!

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Emmaus House 2017 CDF Freedom School

Our CDF Freedom Schools® program aims to shape children’s futures by developing strong, literate, and empowered children through six weeks of summer reading enrichment for children who might otherwise not have access to books or the environmental structure necessary to do summer reading. Check out what our scholars have been up to all summer.

Send Our Students Back to School With the Supplies They Need
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Students of Atlanta Public Schools return next Tuesday, August 1 and Emmaus House has set an ambitious goal: to provide backpacks and school supplies for 1,000 area students.

WE NEED YOUR DONATIONS BY JULY 31 TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN.

Please help us equip these students with tools they need for success, by dropping off your donation at Emmaus House M–F, between 9–3pm. Distribution will take place during National Night Out at Four Corners Park in Peoplestown.

If you need to arrange a drop off after-hours or if you have any questions, please contact Rakia Reeves at 404-525-5948, ext. 31 or at rakiareeves@emmaushouse.org.

Kindergarten School Supply List

  • Box #2 Pencils
  • Box 24 Crayons
  • Pink Eraser
  • Pkg. Washable Felt Markers
  • 2 Glue Sticks
  • Bottle of School Glue
  • Box of Tissues
  • Bottle of Hand Sanitizer
  • Pair of Blunt Tip Scissors
  • Pencil Box
  • 3 Plastic Pocket Folders with Brads
  • 2 Wide-Ruled Spiral Bound Notebooks
  • 2 Primary Composition Notebooks
  • New Small Sized Backpack

Elementary School Supply List

  • Box #2 Pencils
  • Box 24 Crayons
  • Pink Eraser
  • Pkg. Washable Felt Markers
  • 2 Glue Sticks
  • Bottle of School Glue
  • Box of Tissues
  • Bottle of Hand Sanitizer
  • Pair of Blunt Tip Scissors
  • Pencil Case
  • 2 Wide-Ruled Spiral Bound Notebook
  • 3 Pocket Folders
  • Box Colored Pencils
  • 2 Pkg Wide Ruled Loose Leaf Paper
  • Box Blue Pens
  • Ruler
  • 2 Composition Notebooks
  • New Medium Sized Backpack

Middle School Supply List

  • Box #2 Pencils
  • 2 Glue Sticks
  • Bottle of School Glue
  • Pink Eraser
  • White Eraser
  • Pkg. Washable Felt Markers
  • Pair of Scissors
  • Pencil Case
  • 10 Pocket Folders
  • 2 Pkg. Lined Paper
  • Pkg. Plain Paper
  • 4 Lined Notebooks
  • Box Blue Pens
  • Box Red Pens
  • Ruler
  • Box Colored Pencils
  • (2) 1" Binders
  • 8 Subject Dividers
  • Scientific Calculator
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Box Highlighters (3ct)
  • Agenda Book/Student Planner
  • Stapler
  • Staple Remover
  • New Medium – Large Sized Backpac

High School Supply List

  • Box #2 Pencils
  • Mechanical Pencils/ Lead
  • 2 Glue Sticks
  • Bottle of School Glue
  • Pink Eraser
  • White Eraser
  • Pkg. Washable Felt Markers
  • Pair of Scissors
  • Pencil Case
  • 10 Pocket Folders
  • 2 Pkg. Lined Paper
  • Pkg. Plain Paper
  • 4 Lined Notebooks
  • Box Blue Pens
  • Box Red Pens
  • Ruler
  • Box Colored Pencils
  • (2) 1" Binders
  • 8 Subject Dividers
  • Scientific Calculator
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Box Highlighters (3ct)
  • Agenda Book/Student Planner
  • Stapler
  • Staple Remover
  • Bottle Correction Fluid
  • Large Sized Backpack

 

Emmaus House History Walk

Emmaus House’s 50th anniversary gala featured a history walk, where 30 posters lined the Carter Center’s beautiful reflecting pool, an apt place for people to read and reflect on Emmaus House, the Peoplestown community, and the civil rights movement in Atlanta. You can read more about the gala here

The history walk began with a prelude to Emmaus House, the 1966 Summerhill Riot. The four-day incident resulted in the death of one African American and revealed the frustration among lower-income black communities in the face of systematic oppression. From there, the history walk moves right into the beginning of Emmaus House, with the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta buying the building and the Rev. Austin Ford moving into it in 1967. The other main events highlighted in the showcase include the opening of the Poverty Rights Office in 1970, the launching of the Summers Away Program in 1980, and the partnering with the Children’s Defense Fund to become a CDF Freedom Schools® program.

The history walk did not end with a sentence but with a "to be continued," echoing the theme of the evening, "Forward from 50." Reflecting back on the event, Emmaus House Executive Director Greg Cole said, “As we recalled the past, we were excited to look forward.”

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