What We Do


It starts with a story…

Who would you have become if, from age five to seven, you were sexually abused by a neighbor? What would your life look like if you never knew your parents? How would your life be different if your parents abused drugs and pimped you out as a child?

These are some of the stories of the men we serve. We invite you to get to know them, to see yourself in their stories, and to see how they are being transformed by the grace of God. Read more

Outreach: walking the streets at night

Seven nights a week, Emmaus sends Outreach teams into places where men are prostituting on the streets of Chicago. Our teams are generally out between 10:30 pm and 2:30 am. This ministry of presence on the streets focuses on building relationships of trust and respect with the men we meet.

Ministry Center: a place of hope and healing

Six days a week, we gather together in our Ministry Center for a meal with the men we serve; in this simple act, we encounter God’s profound love as he invites us all to his table. We provide for practical needs such as clothing and the use of showers and laundry machines. In addition, the men can participate in Bible studies and group meetings, and we offer both pastoral counseling and referrals to many other services and resources.

Education: equipping the Body of Christ

Emmaus Ministries’ purpose includes building an awareness of the needs of men involved in prostitution and equipping the Body of Christ to respond. Key to these Ministries of Education are: “Stories from the Streets,” stories of our guys told through dramatic monologue and music; the Kaio Community, a year of full-time volunteer service with Emmaus; Immersion Nights, our on-the-street experiential learning opportunity; and Volunteer Training.