Emmaus Blog

10 Years - Cigarette Free

Steven Amrhein - Tuesday, November 14, 2017

In 2007, Deloris took her client, June, to the doctor’s office for a routine appointment. After looking through some family medical history, the nurses told June she had to seriously try to stop smoking and gave her the resources to begin quitting.


Deloris has been June’s Direct Support Professional for 30 years and knew this wasn’t going to be easy. June could smoke as many cigarettes as she wanted and often went through a pack a day. Deloris was also a long-time smoker and began to feel guilty for forcing June to quit alone.
“When June was on the patch, I saw the struggle in her as I continued to take smoke breaks and bring cigarettes to her house. I knew I had to give it up. Not for me, but for June,” said Deloris.


Deloris quit cold turkey. At first, June would ask if they were going to have a smoke together soon, and the answer was always no. As time went on, the question stopped coming up, and after a year June and Deloris proclaimed their new-found freedom and celebrated the anniversary of their quitting day.
“We look better. The smoking put some years on both of us, but they’ve been lifted off. She’s more active now, and I am too. I can walk further, and take steps without needing to take breaths. I smell better, and I feel like a new person,” said Deloris.


It’s been ten years since June and Deloris had their last cigarette. Deloris doesn’t work in the same home anymore, but June will still call daily, and they’ll meet to go out. They frequently visit the casino and took a trip to Las Vegas. Being around smoke doesn’t even bother them. They’re living life to the fullest, focused on each other and wouldn’t think about taking a step back.

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Emmaus Announced 2017 Health at Work Award Winner

Steven Amrhein - Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Emmaus has been announced a Silver winner of the 13th-annual Health at Work Awards sponsored by ComPsych, honoring organizations who promote employee health and wellness. Winners were selected based on their wellness program’s comprehensiveness, delivery, promotion, participation rates and results achieved. ComPsych Corporation is the world’s largest provider of employee assistance programs and is the pioneer and worldwide leader of fully integrated EAP, behavioral health, wellness, work-life, HR, FMLA and absence management services under its GuidanceResources brand.  Read more

Jonathan's Story

Carissa Rupp - Wednesday, May 10, 2017

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Happy Teacher Appreciation Week

Steven Amrhein - Tuesday, May 09, 2017

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week! Let’s celebrate everything teachers do for our community. Did you know many Emmaus team members have backgrounds in teaching? Hear from two teachers who found it easy to transfer their classroom skills into the direct support field. Read more

Adopt-a-Home: St. John UCC (Manchester)

Steven Amrhein - Thursday, April 27, 2017

Some volunteers approach Emmaus on an individual basis; other times, church groups or service organizations inquire about opportunities to get involved. Often, all it takes is a motivated, core group of volunteers to cultivate a meaningful and lasting relationship with the clients and staff in a community home. Today's Volunteer Spotlight features a Q & A with long-time Adopt-a-Home volunteers from St. John UCC (Manchester).  Read more

Behind-the-Scenes with Volunteer Laura!

Steven Amrhein - Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Volunteering at Emmaus doesn't always mean helping with special events or visiting with clients; skills-based volunteers provide much needed support in areas that are more "behind-the-scenes." Today's Volunteer Spotlight is Laura Mullins, who started helping just a few months ago, but has made her presence known in our St. Charles office as an administrative volunteer.  Read more

Rakes and Shovels and Paintbrushes - Oh, My!

Steven Amrhein - Tuesday, April 25, 2017

With more than 80 homes in communities spread out over four counties, the facilities and maintenance staff at Emmaus has their work cut out for them. Volunteer groups from local businesses, churches, schools and service organizations step in throughout the year to help with tasks like raking leaves, putting down mulch, fixing landscaping, digging a driveway, painting rooms, repairing decks, and much more. Helping with a work project not only supports our facilities staff, but is often an educational and uplifting experience for the volunteers. Many volunteers leave feeling like they have gained a better understanding about community living and Emmaus' services.  Read more

Adopt-a-Home Volunteer Bryan

Steven Amrhein - Monday, April 24, 2017

For Adopt-a-Home volunteer Bryan Cool, it all began nearly 20 years ago with a visit to the Emmaus campus in St. Charles. Like many others before (and after) him, Bryan’s 8th  grade confirmation class from St. John’s United Church of Christ in St. Charles visited for a few hours with Emmaus clients. That brief encounter was all it took to plant a seed that would later blossom into a friendship between Bryan and three Emmaus clients living in a St. Louis County community home.  Read more

Giving the Gift of Independence

Carissa Rupp - Wednesday, April 19, 2017

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Emmaus Diversity - Ecuador

Steven Amrhein - Friday, April 07, 2017

At 18 years old, Myriam finished school, got married, and moved from Ecuador to the United States. She’d never thought about moving until after meeting her husband through the Peace Corps. Upon moving to Missouri, Myriam received citizenship and then her driver’s license. She also stayed home with the kids until she reached her 30’s and her youngest started kindergarten.

Myriam faced a lot of challenges and still does with the language. Sometimes she needs to ask for an explanation of a word or phrase and is glad there are many people to help explain different meanings.

Even though Myriam feels like America is her second home, she stays connected to Ecuador’s culture. She taught her kids Spanish when they were younger, and one is fluent today. They try to visit every few years, and her oldest daughter even got married in Ecuador. They made the entire wedding bilingual, from the Priest who performed the ceremony to the wedding invitations.

Myriam describes Quito as a great place to retire, offering mountains, waterfalls, and beaches. She’s years away from that though. Myriam was brought to Emmaus after listening and talking to her mother-in-law. She’d never heard of Emmaus but applied and was hired as a DSP in Marthasville. A few months later she began to run the senior program. Eventually she began working with SAS, which is now EmmausLink.

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