Emmaus Homes is a faith based, nonprofit organization providing around the clock services to more than 275 adults with developmental disabilities in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Our mission is to help our clients live as independently as possible in the community of their choice.
As we continues to expand our services into the community, we remain focused on continuing our 120 year tradition of providing high quality, faith-based services to adults with developmental disabilities.
Today, Emmaus serves clients in more than 70 homes throughout Franklin, Warren, St. Charles and St. Louis counties.
July 2, 1893 – Emmaus Homes was founded in 1893 in Marthasville, Mo., when a group of pastors and lay people from the surrounding churches of the Evangelical Synod of the West decided to use their vacated seminary building to serve individuals with epilepsy and developmental disabilities. As a reflection of their Christian faith, the founders attempted to care for those in need, while recognizing each person’s worth and unique qualities.July 2, 1893
July 5, 1893 – Emmaus’ first client, W. Zoller from New Orleans, Louisiana moved in. On July 11, A. Funk, our first female client, also moved in.July 5, 1893
Emmaus expanded and opened its St. Charles campus to meet the vast need for services to people with developmental disabilities closer to St. Louis. The St. Charles campus, at this time, was for females only.1901
Kuhlmann Memorial or “Mother’s Home” opened on St. Charles campus to care for elderly women who suffered mental problems.1931
Emmaus Homes St. Charles Campus Chapel built.1954
Publicly announced that the new name of the Emmaus Institution was Emmaus Homes, Inc.1962
A Sheltered Workshop, known as Emmaus Enterprises Inc., was arranged at Emmaus Homes and started in the basement of the administration building in Marthasville. 10 residents began working there in 1968. After two decades of doing business as Emmaus Enterprises, the name was changed to TEMCO Inc. which is the name it still operates under today. Emmaus Homes in St. Charles set up a workshop in cooperation with the Boone Center Workshop. The purpose of the workshops was to provide healthful, meaningful and remunerative work for mentally handicapped persons at Emmaus Homes.1967
Revised our purpose of being, “Now the purpose is to provide residential communities for adult mental retardates. Thus the first requirement for admittance is that the applicant be classified as mentally retarded. However, among those who are mentally retarded there are some who are afflicted with epilepsy also. The presence of this condition does not in any way affect their eligibility for admittance. Approximately 20% of our residents are classified as epileptics.”1968
28 of our residents who worked at Sheltered Workshop began receiving paychecks and opened savings accounts in local banks. A new era in the lives of our residents had started.1971
Emmaus Homes received licenses from the State of Missouri, Division of Mental Health.1973
A regular public school was conducted for twelve eligible residents on the St. Charles campus. This was the first such school there. It was done because the new Missouri State Law required that every handicapped child have special education.1974
Emmaus in St. Charles became “co-ed” – a place for residential care of men and women. Emmaus in St. Charles also adopted a new program called Vocational Instruction and Training for Employment. Potentially capable residents were trained to do housekeeping and cleaning at Emmaus Home and in the community. They also began a new music therapy program.1984
Emmaus opened its first group home within the city for six women. The home was to be in the parsonage of the St. Marcus U.C.C. in St. Louis. This was the first time Emmaus provided services to residents off of either of their campuses.1985
Emmaus purchased its second off-campus home in St. Louis, very close to the St. Marcus home.1988
“Staff Inservice Training” began. All staff personnel, then about 240 individuals, were scheduled over the next year to attend 22 hours of training. The purpose was to train members of the staff to work independently and creatively in their relations with the residents and other members of the staff toward the overall objective of the Home.1989
Emmaus continued to open more homes in the community. Emmaus began using the Individualized Supported Living (ISL) model for their community homes. This option is a coordinated system of supports designed around the person rather than trying to fit the person into an existing facility. Additionally, Emmaus began transforming the way they provided service on their campuses. All homes now had kitchen facilities. The Main Kitchen stopped serving meals in the Main Dining room. Laundry facilities were also available in each home. Additionally, Emmaus changed their recreation department and residents began attending off-campus programs and each home planned their own outings and activities in the community.1992
Emmaus Homes St. Charles receives their first 3 year CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities). “…this achievement (accreditation) is an indication of your organization's dedication and commitment to improve the quality of lives of people with disabilities.” Emmaus Homes Marthasville later receives their first CARF Accreditation in 1995.1992
Emmaus opens two programs in Washington, Mo, the ADAPT (Adult Day and Physical Therapy) Program, which serves individuals with severe and profound mental retardation and the LIFE (Learning In a Functional Environment) Enterprise Program which is directed to individuals with special behavior needs. In 1994, the Emmaus LIFE Program received the “Innovative Program of the Year” award from the Council for Health and Human Service Ministries of the United Church of Christ.1993
Emmaus Board Updates Mission Statement – “The mission of Emmaus Homes, Inc. is to enhance the quality of life for people with mental retardation or other developmental disabilities through life experiences that enable growth and inclusion within each person’s chosen communities. This mission arises from faith in Jesus Christ, who empowers all people to affirm and celebrate their worth and uniqueness.1994
Emmaus partners with the St. Charles County Humane Society to introduce Pet Therapy.1996
Emmaus Homes receives Service Employer of the Year Award from the City of St. Charles and the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce.1997
Seniors Special Care Program for Dementia and Alzheimer’s was developed to help those seniors in Emmaus’ care, who are showing signs of diminishing abilities, maintain their quality of life while helping them adjust to the changes they’re experiencing.1998
Independent Living Assistance (ILA) Program introduced as newest Emmaus program. Now allows men and women with less challenging developmental disabilities to receive services from Emmaus for the first time. The ILA Program welcomes individuals who have never lived on their own but desire to do so and individuals who need to improve or change their current living conditions but need assistance to reach that goal. Program participants are able to remain alone or without staff in their home and be safe in the community for at least 48 consecutive hours, and can afford to live by themselves or with a roommate.1999
LEADD program began. LEADD, now known as EmmausLink, is a cooperative effort by Emmaus Homes, Developmental Disabilities Resource Board and St. Charles Community College’s Continuing Education Department. This program offers non-credit adult continuing educational opportunities for individuals including persons with developmental disabilities, ages 16 and older. Courses are taught by experts and are designed to provide life-enhancing experiences in a community educational and social environment. The curriculum aims to promote growth opportunities and challenge the abilities of individuals who desire to live and work as independently as possible.2004
Emmaus went through a re-branding which has led us to the place we are at today. Our new logo and tag line “Spirited People Leading Spirited Lives” was adopted. Additionally, the Board updated our Mission Statement. “Arising from faith in Jesus Christ, the mission of Emmaus Homes is to enhance the quality of life for adults of all beliefs who have cognitive, intellectual and other developmental disabilities.” Additionally, we developed our vision, “Emmaus Homes will be an outstanding provider of care continuum, within nurturing communities, for adults with cognitive, intellectual and other developmental disabilities.”2008
Emmaus Resident Trust Foundation was established in response to the re-branding in 2008. The Foundation was developed to help manage our investments more closely and to create the fundraising arm of the organization.2010
After a lot of analysis and discussion on how to take the next step forward and continue our legacy, Emmaus began to transition clients off the St. Charles campus and into homes in the community.2011
St. Charles Campus transition was completed and more than 70 clients were successfully transitioned into homes in the community of their choice. The administrative offices were moved off campus and into a separate location/facility and the 90 acre campus was sold to Payne Family Homes. The money from the sale of the property paid for an increase in our wage structure for our staff who work with our clients on a daily basis, pay the remaining balance on the new corporate office, and finally, added to investments.2013
The Emmaus Board of Directors decided to transition clients off of the Marthasville campus and into homes in the community of their choice based on 3 tenets of our strategic plan; best practice, good stewardship and financial stability. This transition will be complete by 2020. Click here to read more2014
EmmausLink was created, our newest recreational services. It is the combination of the two programs previously known as LEADD and SAS. It promotes a community based lifestyle for our clients. Clients served are met where they are and encouraged to enjoy life and grow through interactions within their community. We work to find opportunities to support our clients with making natural connections to their neighbors, community members, and friends through activities and groups which they enjoy.2015
Today, Emmaus serves more than 275 adults with developmental disabilities in more than 60 homes throughout the St. Charles, St. Louis, Warren and Franklin counties. Emmaus works with each client to help them live as independently as possible. For nearly 125 years, Emmaus has been providing high-quality services to adults with developmental disabilities. As we continue to expand our services into the community, our mission remains clear; to provide the highest quality services with a continued focus on our faith-based tradition.
We are committed to preserving our mission for many generations to come.Today
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