What is Emmanuel House like?
Emmanuel House provides year-long volunteers a place to live with others who are sharing a year of service together in the Christ House community. It is a warm, comfortable place for volunteers to call home.
Emmanuel House members meet together once a week in the evening for a shared meal, reflection, and activity together. These “Community Nights” provide a structured means for Christ House year-long volunteers to share experiences with their community members, to discuss relevant issues of social justice, and to challenge each other to grow in a supportive environment. Naturally, unstructured activities occur throughout the week, creating additional opportunities to build community.
The community atmosphere at Emmanuel House offers individuals the opportunity to practice callings towards spirituality, social justice, simplicity and stewardship. It is a place where volunteers can come together for renewal while still having the opportunity to build relationships outside of the community.
What is the lay out of the house?
Emmanuel House consists of the following:
- basement apartment (occupied by a Christ House staff member)
- first floor: living room, dining room and kitchen
- second floor: 2 bathrooms and 4 bedrooms (1 double and 3 singles)
- third floor: 1 bathroom and 1 bedroom (double)
*Emmanuel House is fully furnished (living, dining, kitchen and bedrooms) and year-long volunteers only need to provide personal belongings, such as clothing and toiletries.
Where is Emmanuel House?
Emmanuel House is located less than one block from Christ House, in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, DC. Adams Morgan is home to a large number of ethnic restaurants, shops, stores and the National Zoo.
Although the surrounding area is a lively, urban neighborhood, one can find quiet and solitude three blocks away in Rock Creek Park. A long paved trail winds through the park and is ideal for those who enjoy walking, running or cycling. Many other unpaved trails wind through the park for hiking.
There are several Metro bus stops as well as two Metro rail lines (Columbia Heights and Woodley Park) within walking distance of Emmanuel House and Christ House.
“Communities are not built of friends, or of groups of people with similar styles and tastes, or even of people who like and understand each other. They are built of people who feel they are a part of something that is bigger than themselves: A shared goal or enterprise, like righting a wrong, or building a road, or raising children, or living honorably, or worshiping a god. To build community requires only the ability to see value in others; to look at them and see a potential partner in one’s enterprise.” –Suzanne Goldsmith