Emmaus House serves as a 3/4 house for six residents as they continue to meet the challenges of mental health issues. The residents find it a home for varying periods of time on their journey and some may spend extended time preparing for life in the community at large.
This has been important outreach mission for our church since 1990, when over 60 members and friends of our church took tools in hand to ready the house at 3 Tonset Road to become a home for its residents. We are the landlord, and we are in partnership with both the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which hires Fellowship Health Resources to run the program, and with the Orleans Housing Authority, which is the conduit for the residential funding. No town money is used.
In 2015, we oversaw a major renovation of the Emmaus House that restored both the interior and exterior at a cost of $130,000. To fund this, we received $25,000 from the Orleans Community Preservation Committee, we donated $50,000 from our own Emmaus House account, and we borrowed $55,000 from our Church general funds, to be repaid out of our monthly rent income from the Commonwealth. It is now in "like new" condition.
Here are a few before and after pictures, and a link to the full presentation we gave to the CPC after completion of the renovation.