In early April 2018, Emmanuel House merged with the Joseph Corporation to become The NEIGHBOR PROJECT. Read more HERE, and watch a new introductory VIDEO.
Below, we’ll keep chronicling the history of Bryan House and Emmanuel House, but the merger allows us to be better at breaking cycles of poverty and disadvantage. I speak below of helping 25 families out of poverty but being poised to “double, triple, or quadruple that number. The quadruple—100 families!—is now clearly in sight. And the HERE link above takes you to an article explaining that the Emmanuel House name, though no longer primary, will always be with us and memorialized in official ways. More about The Neighbor Project in many more posts and articles to come.
EMMANUEL HOUSE serves the working poor, helping to disrupt cycles of poverty through home ownership, higher education, service, and equitable development. Currently we help around 25 families lift themselves out of poverty every 18-24 months, but with your help are poised to double, triple, or quadruple that number.
IN 2016 EMMANUEL HOUSE WAS NAMED ONE OF THE “TOP 100 MOST INNOVATIVE” SOCIAL CHANGE ORGANIZATIONS IN THE WORLD.
(See first Headline below.)
♦ VISIT the EMMANUEL HOUSE WEBSITE… Get involved, Donate, Invest. Help bring generational change to hundreds of people.
♦ LEARN OUR HISTORY & CONCEPT BELOW… Find out How It Works, and link to Videos, Articles, Booklet, Websites.
♦ ATTEND OUR EVENTS … Next: MAY 15th – Paramount Theater, Aurora, 5:30 – 7:00. We unveil the new “Emmanuel House,” which has now merged with a long-allied organization. The merger doubles or triples our reach. More soon, Here.
EMMANUEL HOUSE NAMED ONE OF THE TOP 100 Most Innovative social change organizations in the world. Read about it HERE!
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.
My colleague Dr. Stephen Maynard Caliendo in a video about disrupting cycles of poverty. This video was first shown at the 7th Annual Emmanuel House Dinner/Auction.
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 Emmanuel Guzman (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 grew it became 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 an 18-24 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. (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. Various support levels start at just $20 a month, which supports a family for one day. Or invest in real estate with us. (Go to the Emmanuel House website for more information.) 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.
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WEBSITES, VIDEOS, ARTICLES, BOOK:
- Find out more, donate, invest, and get involved by visiting the Emmanuel House Community Development Corporation’s website: www.EmmanuelHouse.org
- Watch this website for calls to action, news, and posts like “The Widow’s Mite,” which shows how every contribution can add up to big impact. (See more related posts at the end of this page.)
- Read Stories of Hope (currently being retrieved from the old Bryan House website) about the first refugee families Bryan House served. There have been many more stories since: for example, “Khai’s Story” above. Or 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
- Danny Gokey Benefit Concert: “Hope Is A Home”
- 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. Kevin also led an all-star lineup of Chicago musicians (including Daniel) in a memorial performance of “Hallelujah” at the iconic Metro shortly after the 1st Anniversary of Bryan’s death.
- “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 has beginning at this Aurora Home” by Jenette Sturges
- “Durbin visits Emmanuel House” by Stephanie Lulay
- “Revitalizing LaSalle St. in Aurora” 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.
SEE RELATED POSTS & PAGES
- It’s a Wonderful Life: Home Ownership in America
- Lorraine Hansberry: The Battle for Fair Housing
- Black Writing from Chicago
- Climbing Bryan’s Mountain: A Journal
- Graphic Inequality, on the growing income gap.