In 1967, Father Austin Ford, an Episcopal Priest and advocate for civil rights...


moved into a dilapidated two-story home in Peoplestown along with two nuns and a seminary student. Father Ford garnered resources to benefit Peoplestown residents and established an after-school program, once-a-month transportation to Reidsville State Prison for family members of inmates, chapel services, hot meals, and a poverty rights office. He led efforts for welfare rights, neighborhood empowerment, and racial justice.

Under Father Ford’s leadership and the help of countless volunteers who supported his efforts, Emmaus House evolved into an important resource for the Peoplestown community.

There have been several Executive Directors since Father Ford’s tenure, each of whom has left their mark. In July 2014, Emmaus House welcomed a new Executive Director who has a strong social services background and a commitment to strengthening impact in measurable ways. Emmaus House will continue to evolve while remaining true to its core mission of supporting the residents of Peoplestown as they work towards economic security.

Emmaus House offers approximately 100,000 hours per year of vital programs and services, serving people of all ages and directly addressing the staggering prevalence of poverty in the neighborhood.

Read more about our strategic priorities here.