In 1986, after reading an account of a homeless man perishing on the winter streets of downtown Raleigh, Paul Carr, Larry Highfill and Jim Hutchby were moved to action. These men were parishioners at Pullen Baptist Church, and together, they formed a mission group to address the community’s critical shortage of adequate housing for the homeless. Two years later, they purchased our flagship property, a transitional residence for employed men in recovery from substance dependency.

Emmaus House has been in existence for over 30 years, but our foundation has remained constant:



We believe the foundation of recovery begins with self and that long-term success requires a supportive community that provides a bridge to independent living.


To provide safe, affordable, recovery housing within a supportive community.


All people have a safe place to recover.