“Father Ford has been able to provide a sanctuary for over 2,250 children. . . ”

Study Hall

In 1989 Father Austin Ford, founder of the Emmaus House, envisioned a safe haven for the children of the underserved community of Peoplestown, where they could come to receive skills that would enable them to succeed in school and in life. Through the establishment of The Study Hall, an independent 501 c 3 organization which operates independently of the Emmaus House, Father Ford has been able to provide a sanctuary for over 2,250 children to be tutored, mentored, and empowered in the midst of a community struggling with high drop out rates, crime, drug and alcohol abuse, and poverty.

Today The Study Hall boasts a wide range of services for our scholars which include but is not limited to, our Academic Coaches visiting with the at school teachers of our scholars. Presently 80% of our scholars maintain a B plus average or better, and through our continuous tutelage we are sure to exceed our year end target.

TSH continuously endeavors to build upon the dream Father Ford conceptualized nearly 20 years ago. In the summer of 2007 we kicked off our Scholars for Social Action initiative in order to teach the importance of service at any age to our scholars. We are proud of their work to raise awareness and funds through activities related to hunger and homelessness, the plight in Darfur, the environment, and ending violence in their community. We also strive to better enable our parents and families to support their scholars by offering workshops during our Opportunity Knocks series focused on strengthening the financial, physical, and mental health of the community. Lastly, we are proud to be addressing the nutritional needs of our families with our bi-monthly food pantry in addition to the snacks and meals served to our scholars. Thus far, TSH has given away over 12,000 lbs of food since the programs inception in February 2008.

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"Coming to The Study Hall helps me to learn more and do better in school. I love my class because we learn things other 2nd graders are not learning yet, our teacher teaches us advanced information. We also have math competitions. I love coming here with my sisters because it means we get to share the experience. It wouldn't be fair if we didn't all get to come together." ~ Miss Ellie M., TSH Scholar Since 2006