EMMANUEL HOUSE (which started as Bryan House) serves the working poor, helping to break cycles of poverty through home ownership, higher education, community service, and equitable community and business development.
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Watch a video animation explaining How It Works: our basic strategy and the importance of home ownership to strong communities and educational success.
This video, “Khai’s Story,” puts a human face on our basic strategy. See how one family changed its life and built a community around them as it did.
Watch a video of the Grand Opening of the new Emmanuel House/World Relief headquarters, a giant step in helping these two organizations do even more.
Read a recent front-page story about Emmanuel House leading the way in renewing an historic downtown street.
EMMANUEL HOUSE and BRYAN HOUSE were both started by Dr. Guzman’s eldest son, Rick, and his wife Desiree, in memory of Dr. Guzman’s youngest son Bryan (1985-2006). Bryan House came first, focusing on reclaiming hope for war-torn refugee families. It will continue this refugee focus, but as its mission has grown it has become part of a larger organization, Emmanuel House, now with multiple sites, working with ALL the working class poor it can to help break endemic cycles of poverty. Recently, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin—seen at left with Rick Guzman—came to Emmanuel House’s Claim St. site to see its innovative approach to community development. The first video listed below chronicles the event. Emmanuel—”God with us”—was Bryan’s middle name.
SEE BELOW for the Emmanuel House Website and for Videos, newspaper Articles, and a memorial Booklet.
√ HOW IT WORKS: Qualified families stay at one of our Emmanuel House sites. They pay rent, but because of our supporters, most of that rent can be invested and returned to them after a 12 to 18 month stay. Because of these savings they often also qualify for other grants and monies, and all of these can be used on only two things: a down payment on their first home, or college funds for their children. Emmanuel House also partners with other organizations to deliver such things as financial planning and home ownership education to families. (Also, see first item under HEADLINES above: a video animation showing How It Works—and why.)
√ HOME OWNERSHIP & EDUCATION: These two are among the best ways to lift families out of the cycles of poverty that often trap them. They commit to neighborhoods, staying 4x longer than the average. Their children are 25% more likely to finish high school, and an astonishing 116% more like to graduate from college. Helping these families results in better communities for EVERYONE.
√ YOU CAN HELP BRING GENERATIONAL CHANGE to hundreds of people. Support Emmanuel House and Bryan House with your donations. (See the first website below.) Various support levels start at just $13 a month, which supports a family for one day. Volunteer to tutor, build, clean, and work on special projects like the Annual Emmanuel House/Bryan House Silent Auction. Spread the word about these organizations and Attend their fundraisers and other events.
Churches, businesses, community organizations (like the Joseph Corporation, the Dunham Fund, Aurora Family Focus, World Relief, Quad Cities Urban League), and government at all levels (city, state, federal)—all must work together to create great communities.
— Links below go live when material becomes available —
WEBSITES, VIDEOS, ARTICLES, BOOK:
- Find out more, donate, and get involved by visiting the Emmanuel House Community Development Corporation’s website: www.EmmanuelHouse.org
- Watch this website for more news and calls to action.
- STORIES OF HOPE about the first refugee families Bryan House served are being retrieved from the old Bryan House website. Stay tuned. There have been many more stories since. For example, click on the “With liberty” link below under “Read Articles” for the story of the Hasan family, pictured below.
WATCH VIDEO, SEE PHOTOS—
- Sen. Dick Durbin visits Emmanuel House
- NBC news report on Bryan House
- Peter Hoffman’s photos of Bryan House/Emmanuel House
- Student Service at North Central College (one highlight is an Emmanuel House project)
- “Hallelujah.” Leonard Cohen’s famous song performed by KEVIN PRCHAL & DAN GUZMAN at the Bryan House Garden Dedication.
- “Peace Not War.” DAN GUZMAN joins KEVIN PRCHAL at the Bryan House Garden Dedication for this rendition of Kevin’s song.
- 2011 Auction. A short video of the 5th Annual Emmanuel House / Bryan House Silent Auction. Use headphones or plug in to hear some of Bryan’s great bass playing.
- 2012 Thank You video and update.
- 2013 Service Time at Emmanuel House (Also, watch this other 3-minute video on North Central College’s Cornerstone Weekend. The last third of it focuses on this time of service).
- Sedona, Arizona. A video on the Guzman’s condo in Sedona: one of the items you can bid on each November at the Emmanuel House/Bryan House Silent Auction.
READ ARTICLES—Among the many we’ve been blessed with…
- “Seeds of change” by Nancy Strunk Kirby
- “With liberty and justice for all” by Stephanie Lulay
- “Charity begins at this Aurora Home” by Jenette Sturges
- “Durbin visits Emmanuel House” by Stephanie Lulay
- “Gardening and social change” (North Central College website)
- “Brother lost, mission found” by Peter Hoffman
- “For the love of Bryan” by Susan Frick Carlman
- “In memory of Bryan” by Michele DuVair
- “A Union of Remembrance” by Victoria Elliott
- “Giving refugees hope, and a place to call home” by Greg Canfield.
- Bryan E. Guzman. This is where it all started: a memorial for a wonderful young man. Bryan had just turned 21.
Pictured below: Bryan House—the original house
of now-multiple Emmanuel House sites.
DOWNLOAD BOOK—Remembering Bryan was released at the 5th Annual Emmanuel House-Bryan House Silent Auction to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Bryan’s death. Remember, or meet for the first time, the one whose life inspired the creation of Emmanuel House and Bryan House.
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