A large old clapboard house in the middle of St. John’s, Newfoundland, is home to 16 people trying to make a new life for themselves. Some have come out of prison, some have just left rehab, others are recovering from mental illness, but all are still fragile and need support for their next steps. Emmanuel House is a residential program of Stella’s Circle, a United Church outreach ministry. Emmanuel House offers a home to adults who need a safe place for four months while they address their social and emotional challenges. There’s supportive counselling, help with going back to school, some skills training, social fun, music, a chance to make new friends, nutritious meals, and follow-up services to help people transition back to the community. “We live with people as they live with us, so we get to know them in a different way than if we just worked with them an hour a week,” explains Susan Pye, Emmanuel House’s program coordinator. “Being able to see people’s strengths, resilience, talents, and skills—that feeds our staff. It gives us hope and encouragement when we see that people can grow, that people blossom and flourish. And that’s just amazing and such a privilege to see.” And for people like Kyle, who is just 27 and learning to live without alcohol, what difference has being at Emmanuel House made for him? “My life was a mess, and I might not even be here now, but now I get a chance to start over and I’m really pumped about that.” Our gifts for Mission and Service mean second chances for people. Thank you, and please let’s continue to give generously
Mighty and tender God, through our gifts for Mission and Service we respond to your call to mend the world.