Dear Members of the Emmaus House Community and Supporters,
There is a time and season for everything. So it is with gratitude that on behalf of the Diocese of Atlanta, I wish to thank Joseph Mole for his service as Executive Director of Emmaus House. His work as leader of this critical mission, in one of Atlanta’s important neighborhoods, has had a significant impact. Joseph has tendered his resignation, effective December 19, to undertake more good works in the Chicago area.
It has been a season of growth and advancement under Joseph’s leadership.
- The First Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools® program in the state of Georgia was launched to prevent summer learning loss for more than 150 children
- Literacy and academic achievement efforts have been strengthened by tripling investment from foundations to support a two-generation strategy
- The mission’s first community-based case management model was started and then awarded a full funding grant from Fulton County
- Youth on the Move, a financially struggling tutoring and enrichment program for middle and high school students, was brought in-house with the first-ever United Way grant to Emmaus House
- Parents have gone on to learn mindfulness skills after Emmaus House was selected by Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child as a pilot site for their Frontiers of Innovation collaboration
- Emmaus House has nearly doubled its budget to approximately $1.4 MM
The Advisory Board will begin a search to fill the Director role. The search will be guided by the new Emmaus House Strategic Plan, adopted this October.
In the interim, Emmaus House Director of Development and Communications Greg Cole will serve as Deputy Director providing senior leadership during the transition and beyond. Greg has been with Emmaus House for four years. In that time, he has implemented a successful development strategy and diversified funding. This and his work on communications and awareness have strengthened Emmaus House’s position. I take comfort in the continuity he will provide.
Yes, there is a time and season for everything. I see the next season for Emmaus House as one of opportunity to further strengthen our partnerships and community as we strive to love as Jesus did.
Thank you for your ongoing support,
The Rt. Rev. Robert C. Wright
Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta