Update: IN APRIL 2018, EMMANUEL HOUSE MERGED WITH LONG-TIME PARTNER ORGANIZATION THE JOSEPH CORPORATION TO BECOME The Neighbor Project. THIS INCREASED THE NUMBER OF FAMILIES SERVED FROM AROUND 25 AT THE TIME OF SENATOR DURBIN’S VISIT TO NOW, IN 2020, A NUMBER APPROACHING 3000. WATCH A VIDEO Introducing The Neighbor Project, AND FOR AN INSPIRING TALK BEST SUMMARIZING ITS WORK AND VISION GO TO A VIDEO OF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR RICK GUZMAN’S TALK “Every Person’s God-Given Ability to Contribute.”
Less than four years after Senator Dick Durbin’s visit to an Emmanuel House site in 2012, Emmanuel House was named one of the “Top 100 Most Innovative” social change organizations in the world.
On May 5, 2012, I posted this short paragraph as an introduction to the VIDEO BELOW: “On Monday, April 30, 2012, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin visited Emmanuel House, our family’s organization in Aurora, Illinois—a great day for us and for all organizations trying to build better communities. The visit was front page news the next day in the Sun Times/Beacon. See Video Below. Read the story Here.”
♦ Go to the Emmanuel House/Bryan House/The Neighbor Project main page on this site. It began with Bryan House, which Rick and Desiree Guzman founded as a living memorial to Rick’s youngest brother, Bryan Emmanuel Guzman (1985-2006). Bryan House served 5 families, Emmanuel House 25, and now in 2020 The Neighbor Project serves a number which will soon be approaching 3000. The Neighbor Project helps families reduce debt, build assets and credit, and—in many cases—purchase their first homes. All this leads to their financial stability and better communities for all of us. Their children will be 25% more likely to graduate from high school, and 116% more likely to graduate from college.