Emmaus Blog

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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Time of Giving

Hailey Kintz - Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Dear Friends & Supporters,


As I reflect on 2016, there is much to celebrate at Emmaus Homes including the more than 300 clients who we are blessed to serve. I’m thrilled to share that during the past year we’ve successfully transitioned more than 25 clients to the local community and they are all enjoying their beautiful new homes. We’ve also hired and trained more than 260 employees who embody our mission and ministry in their daily work with our clients. And just a few months ago, we celebrated the grand opening of our new administrative offices in Marthasville.


It has often been said that employees are the backbone of an organization and this is especially true at Emmaus. During the past year our team members displayed extraordinary generosity through our first-ever employee campaign and raised more than $17,000 to benefit our clients. And just last month, Emmaus wrapped up our United Way campaign raising more than $10,000 to benefit local non-profit organizations like ours!


There are many examples of how Emmaus Homes has met the needs of our clients and families through our programs, services, events, and activities. As I reflect back on these from the past year and rejoice over the great things God has done in and through Emmaus, I do know our work is never done.


It is an honor to lead such an incredible group of talented and dedicated people who work for and volunteer at the Emmaus Homes. It is a joy to serve with a Board of Directors who are genuinely concerned about the clients we are entrusted to serve. And it is a privilege to witness the impact donations make in the lives of our clients. On behalf of the entire Emmaus Homes family, thank you for your continued support!


Best wishes to you and your family for a safe, happy and healthy Holiday Season!


Cindy Clark

President & CEO

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Soul of the Mission - Shawn Saale

Hailey Kintz - Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Town and Style Magazine recognized Emmaus board member and volunteer, Shawn Saale, for his outstanding work in the community and for Emmaus. Shawn has been a supporter of Emmaus for about eight years but his work in the non-profit world goes back to the early 1990s.


Shawn has been doing non-profit work since he started his law practice in 1992 because the two are so closely tied together. “I mainly do estate planning, which paves the way into working with charitable giving and philanthropy.” says Shawn. Shawn was introduced to Emmaus Homes through Lisa Drier, Emmaus’ Chief Development Officer. Lisa and Shawn are friends and have worked together for more than 20 years. “Through my job, I do a lot of work with clients who have children with special needs, which is why I was drawn to Emmaus.” Shawn explained, “It serves as an invaluable resource to these families.”


While Shawn has been a valuable asset to the Emmaus board for years, his biggest accomplishment since working with Emmaus is founding Duckfest. Duckfest is Emmaus’ largest fundraiser, bringing in over $100,000 gross revenue just this year. The revenue for the event has double year over year since the events first premiere in 2014 and it continues to have the potential to grow exponentially. Shawn, an avid duck hunter, realized the water fowl industry is a prized resource in our area and prominent local business people and companies own private duck clubs, many in the St. Charles county area where Emmaus is headquartered. The event celebrates all things hunting and outdoors and will be held again on October 7, 2017.


When asked if you could do anything for the organization, what would it be? Shawn replied, “To raise public awareness, because unfortunately, Emmaus Homes is one of the best kept secrets in the area. Getting the word out would really help with fundraising.” Emmaus is grateful to Shawn for the support he has shown us and his continual involvement in our mission.
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