Emmaus Blog

Emmaus Diversity - Russia

Steven Amrhein - Friday, March 24, 2017

Elena moved to America with her daughter when she was 36. Elena moved from the 3rd largest city in Russia, Ekaterinburg. She’d never thought about coming to America or dreamed of living here until she met her husband. He’ll say she forced him to propose, but she’ll say that’s just his side of the story.  Read more

Looking Back

Steven Amrhein - Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Written by David Kramer, Chief Operating Officer  Read more

Night to Shine

Steven Amrhein - Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs ages 14 and older. This past Friday night, 375 churches, from around the world, hosted Night to Shine for 75,000 honored guests through the support of 150,000 volunteers! Read more

Emmaus January Update

Steven Amrhein - Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Over the past year, Emmaus has put new processes in place to increase communications to all of our employees. In 2017, our goal is to continue to increase our communications not only to employees, but also to our families and guardians. We’ll include what’s happening with Emmaus including home openings, client transitions, new program initiatives, promotions and much more. Read more

SmartDollar: Offering Financial Wellness to Emmaus Team Members

Steven Amrhein - Thursday, January 19, 2017

Emmaus Homes is helping our team take control of their personal finances by offering Ramsey Solutions’ SmartDollar as an employee benefit, 100% FREE. Created by financial expert Dave Ramsey, SmartDollar is the premier curriculum for teaching financial literacy in a corporate setting. Read more

Fish Fry

Steven Amrhein - Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Proceeds of the 2017 Fish Fry benefit more than 275 adults with developmental disabilities who call Emmaus "home".  
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Volunteering with Betsy

Steven Amrhein - Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Betsy is a vibrant and active volunteer at Mercy Hospital in Washington, Missouri. Mercy runs in her family. Her father also volunteers at Mercy and her mother works at the hospital. Taking pride in the community, Betsy eagerly volunteers at least twice a month. She performs a variety of tasks, learns new skills and achieves more independence. Currently Betsy is in the company of another Emmaus staff member as she volunteers in the Nutrition Services Department.  Read more

Awards of 2016

Steven Amrhein - Tuesday, January 03, 2017

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Websites, Events, and Community Calendars

Steven Amrhein - Tuesday, January 03, 2017

EmmausLink has compiled a list of great websites, events and community contacts.  Read more

Holiday Volunteering

Hailey Kintz - Tuesday, January 03, 2017

The holiday season inspires many to give back to their families, their loved ones, and their community. For the third year in a row, Emmaus clients in St. Louis County have been blessed by the generosity of a special group of volunteers who band together to bring them Christmas cheer.


Parkway United Church of Christ, located in St. Louis, has graciously hosted our holiday revelers for the past three years. The space provided is perfect for accommodating our festive group of 100 Emmaus clients and staff! Around 12-15 volunteers from the church go the extra mile to ensure that the Christmas party is a night to remember. Many clients and staff are especially impressed with the beautiful cookie trays brought around the room after dinner - all of which are donated and carefully arranged by Parkway members.


In addition, Longhorn Steakhouse of St. Peters has also generously donated a delicious dinner of chicken, potatoes, and green bean casserole for our clients the past 3 years. After the attendees enjoy their Christmas dinner and desserts, served to them by volunteers, they take part in dancing the ever-popular Hokey Pokey. Musical entertainment is provided by Circle of Friends, and the clients and volunteers love dancing together. Before the night winds down, Santa Claus visits each table with special gifts.


Emmaus is grateful for all of our volunteers, and wishes a special recognition for our friends at Parkway. Our staff, and especially our clients, look forward to many more years of celebrating Christmas together! 

Volunteering is a great opportunity to help your neighbor in need, while also making a difference in your own life. If you're looking to serve in a welcoming and organized environment, meet fellow volunteers, and bless those in need, then check out our volunteer options here

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