MEET A CAUSE: Emmaus House 


In one of Atlanta’s lowest income communities, one organization stands out as a vital source of assistance. Since 1967, Emmaus House has transformed the lives of those living in the Peoplestown neighborhood through economic success, academic achievement, youth development and social justice.

The neighborhood is home to one school. Educational outcomes for this student population are poor. For this reason, Emmaus House moved their Children Defense Fund Freedom Schools® program (CDFFS) to the neighborhood’s only school.

For the third year, Property Works is donating a new copy of every book on the Emmaus House reading list, to be used by the 100+ children that attend the CDFFS.

The CDFFS aims to shape children's futures by developing strong, literate, and empowered children through six weeks of summer reading enrichment for children who might otherwise not have access to books or the environmental structure necessary to do summer reading. In addition to serving children, The CDFFS also includes parental engagement meetings designed to show parents how to keep their children focused after school.

On average, 80 percent of scholars who were evaluated maintained or gained in their instructional reading level over the six-week program as measured by pre- and post-program standardized testing!

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