Our Work

 
 
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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
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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.

Saturday STEAM uses project-based learning to incorporate science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) along with our existing arts program.

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

A Great Start for Parents and Children is an informative, fun, and interactive learning experience for expectant parents and those already caring for young children, birth to 5 years old.

Parent Power increases the literacy skills of parents and their children by teaching specific skills and strategies for helping children with homework and reading.

Parent Café brings parents together to engage in peer-to-peer conversation around five research-based protective factors that mitigate the negative impact of generational poverty.


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.