In the tradition of welcoming the stranger, the mission of Emmaus House is to provide safe, affordable housing for working, homeless men recovering from substance dependency.
In 1984, a mission group formed at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church to explore ways to alleviate Raleigh’s critical shortage of housing for the homeless. Spurred in part by the death of a homeless man on a Raleigh street, the group began meeting weekly to pray and to plan, volunteering at the Ark Shelter and setting up an overflow shelter at Pullen. Two years later, a large house in downtown Raleigh on North East Street was listed for sale; and by the next Spring, a rundown rooming house had been transformed into a comfortable transitional residence for low-income men struggling to put their lives back together.
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We have three large, renovated houses in downtown Raleigh that offer men who are serious about recovery a safe, supportive and nurturing environment that allows them to focus on long-term recovery, vocational rehabilitation, finding employment, and reintegrating their lives into the world. Another Emmaus goal is to offer affordable, apartment-style, sober-living housing which offers the opportunity for our residents to further develop their independent living skills. In 2015 Emmaus House began realizing that goal by purchasing Emmaus IV, a triplex apartment unit.
Our residents understand the challenges of recovery. They have found meaningful employment in the community, have reunited with family members, and some have been living in Emmaus House for years.
We do not tolerate alcohol in our homes. We emphasize regular attendance at AA meetings and encourage our residents to seek out support from fellow residents during difficult times.