Our Work


Mission Statement

Grounded in the Episcopal tradition, Emmaus House provides education, opportunity, assistance, and advocacy in partnership with our neighbors in Peoplestown.

Our three strategic priorities


Economic Success

  • Crisis stabilization
  • Case management
  • Workforce support

Academic Achievement and Youth Development

  • Academic and social enrichment
  • Youth on the Move
  • Parenting support

Grassroot Leadership and Social Justice

  • Volunteer program
  • Leadership development
  • The Road Episcopal Service Corps
  • Advocacy campaigns

Economic Success


Through direct services and referrals, the Emmaus House Lokey Help Center provides a ladder to long-term economic success when individuals are in crisis.

The Peoplestown Family Initiative

The Peoplestown Family Initiative promotes economic success through intensive case management using an evidence-based model to assess and measure progress toward economic self-sufficiency.

Drop-in Lokey Help Center Services

  • Georgia State ID Vouchers

  • Referrals to the Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta

  • Emergency rent and utility assistance

  • Medical crisis aid

  • Help with applications for SSDI and other earned benefits

  • A client-choice food pantry that offers produce, dairy, meats, and baby supplies

Academic Achievement and Youth Development


Our two-generation approach engages children, youth, and parents through academic and personal support, cultural programming, leadership development, and organizing.

Child-focused programs with adult elements

The CDF Freedom Schools® Program aims to shape children's futures by developing strong, literate, and empowered children through six weeks of summer reading enrichment.

The Arts Club at BaMO provides high quality visual arts education for students at Barack and Michelle Obama Academy

Youth on the Move, an out-of-school time program, prepares middle and high school students for success as adults through enrichment, education, empowering experiences, and peer support.

Parent-focused programs with children and youth elements

Fostering Family Leaders teaches parents how to lead at home and in their communities through peer-to-peer coaching.

Grassroot Leadership and Social Justice


Social justice is both an imperative of our faith and an opportunity to invite others into our ministry. We recruit and train neighborhood leaders and faith-based allies to improve public policy, dismantle racism, and change conditions of oppression.

We seek to strengthen our current work by creating formal volunteer and leadership development opportunities for Peoplestown residents and others to contribute to economic success, academic achievement, and social justice for Peoplestown residents.

Our growing edge is our ability to train and mobilize Episcopal churches and parishioners to support advocacy campaigns that seek to dramatically alter conditions for low-income people in Peoplestown and beyond. We also seek to develop the next generation of activists through programs like The Road Fellowship.

Priorities include addressing racism, the success of local schools, and preventing displacement and improving affordable housing options.