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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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Emmaus Diversity - Nigeria

Steven Amrhein - Friday, March 31, 2017

In 2007, Olu moved with her husband and children to the United States. Previously, Olu toured New York, Boston, and Maryland with her brother who had lived her for 32 years.

Olu is from Lagos, Nigeria. When she first visited America, she started school at Harvard. She always planned on going back home and continue practicing law. Then her family won a Visa lottery, and she just had to stay.

Olu was somewhat disappointed that she couldn’t practice law, because it’s different here than Lagos. She was reading the papers one day, saw an opening as an Emmaus Direct Support Professional, and has moved her way up to Home Manager, and now Residential Quality Manager.

Olu’s initial impression of America was you can have anything that you want. In Nigeria, personal advancement depends on who you know. It’s a country of dreams Olu says.

“It doesn’t just happen though. You should go to school and really apply yourself. The system works. Hard work pays off.”

Through phone calls and Skype, Olu stays connected with her mom who still lives in Nigeria. Olu has family all over the world, so when they meet up, they use London, England as a rally point to visit. In Nigeria, people are less emotional when they speak. Since moving to America, she’s been called blunt and has become more aware of that when speaking

The final piece of advice Olu recommends is not believing what is on TV. Nigeria isn’t as poor as we make it out to be. They are a richly developed culture.

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Keep Rocking & Rolling with Y98

Steven Amrhein - Thursday, March 30, 2017

Not many people get a private tour of CBS Radio. Even less get to go live Y98. That didn't stop Carl from saying "rock on" to the city of St. Louis.

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