Emmaus House was started in 1987 by Sister Shirley Orand (pictured, left) and Sr. Marietta Fritz (pictured below). The ministry began as an extension of their jail ministry when Sister Marietta became aware that many of the women who were released from jail returned to the streets. It was apparent that women being released from jail, prison, or drug rehab needed a safe place to live while re-establishing their lives.

In the first 31 years of our existence, we have provided safe and sober transitional housing for over 3,000 women. We have never received any government funding. Rather we rely solely on donations and grants. Contributors include local churches, religious and civic organizations, schools, foundations, and individuals.

Originally a program of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saginaw, we have been an independent tax-exempt charitable organization under the IRS Code, Section 501(c)(3) since 2003. While we continue receive funding from the Diocese of Saginaw, and some individual Catholic parishes, we also receive funding and donations from many other churches and faith-based organizations in the region as well as numerous secular foundations and private individuals. We are grateful for all of the support that we receive.