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.
Melissa R. Brogdon
Emmaus House, Director of Development and Communications
404-525-5948 ext. 13