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. In 2019 we purchased Emmaus V, which will provide apartment style living for 8 men.