A lot of charities ask their supporters for donations only at the end of the year. Emmaus House is different. We ask for your support in November and again in the summer. Why?
With your help, Emmaus provides unique opportunities for children living in poverty to discover their own giftedness in a place where hopes are fulfilled. While our costs have gone up over the past three years, we’ve been able to enroll over 150 children and youth in great summer camps. This is costly. We’ve budgeted $128,026, representing the largest programmatic portion of our operating budget. Our investment in young people is a top priority.
For younger children, Emmaus House offers a 7-week day camp at D.H. Stanton Elementary School which culminates with a four-night stay at Camp Mikell in the north Georgia Mountains. Emmaus House does not merely “babysit” its elementary campers. Instead we provide healthy nutritious meals, reinforce reading and math skills, and schedule cultural enrichment outings all within a safe and nurturing environment.
Middle schoolers with a penchant for the arts participate in an 8-week camp on our campus. Now in its third year this camp boosts self-confidence through guided self-expression, the acquisition of new skills, and well-deserved praise. Field trips and guest teachers help round out the experience. This summer students will create and market “Seals of Approval” stuffed animals.
Finally, 15 to 20 youth return, summer by summer, to camps in New England and New York. We pay for clothing, supplies and transportation while the camps offer full tuition scholarships. This experience is truly transformative.
Make dreams come true for children and teens at Emmaus House. Donate now!
The Rev. E. Claiborne Jones
Director & Vicar