The well-fed person
and the hungry one
do not see the same thing
when they look upon a loaf of bread.
Breaking the Bread
From the Director
Sister Mary Miller
I want to invite you to a special place of care and concern. It’s called Emmaus Ministries. We named it Emmaus after the Bible story. Do you remember it? Two of Jesus’ followers were on the road to Emmaus and met a stranger. They told the stranger how sad they were because their...
For the Record
We’ve all heard that “it takes a village to raise a child”. Based on recent experience, Emmaus would like to add that it also “…takes a village to raise a garden.” At least a large garden. Approached by volunteers Rosemary Gantz (thegreatfullgardener.com) and Ellen DiPlacido, to use the 3000 square feet of property adjoining Emmaus Food Pantry for an expanded garden, Sister Mary Miller, Director, readily agreed. There was only one glitch—the property did not belong to Emmaus. No problem...
This cake caught the eyes of both Soup Kitchen guests and volunteers the other evening. The homemade creation is part of a monthly delivery of brownies, cookies, cakes and sweet bread donated by parishioners of St. Mark the Evangelist Church in Lawrence Park. Parishioner and Soup Kitchen volunteer Judy Stanczak, (pictured) noted that this cake was the creation of Julie and Joe Bereski. “Julie baked and frosted the cake and Joe decorated it,” said Judy. “Our guests love their desserts and I...
Kids Cafe Store News
What do 100 boxes of cereal and 55 polo shirts have in common? Answer: The Erie Elks Lodge #67.
“With The Elks recent cash donation to the Kids Cafe we purchased new polo shirts for the children,” said Kids Cafe Store Coordinator and Volunteer,” Gretchen Mikelonis. Gretchen along with volunteers Kathy St. George and Sheila Baldwin (pictured) shopped for and purchased 55 school uniform shirts in navy blue, white and gray. Prior to this, the Elks Lodge had collected the cereal for the...
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Walking Together on the Road to Emmaus
Volunteer at Emmaus
Over 300 people volunteer at Emmaus food pantry, soup kitchen and Kids Cafe.Call 814-459-8349 if you would like to volunteer.
Kitty Welton, Soup Kitchen Volunteer
Read about Kitty Welton's "Heart Moment". An experience in her life where her heart became softer and more compassionate. Thirty-one-years ago I was pregnant with my third child and because of an RH factor my daughter needed blood transfusions. While in a Pittsburgh hospital for the third round of transfusions, I lay hopelessly in bed as the attempts that day had been unsuccessful. My roommate was a nineteen-year-old who told me that she had undergone a liver transplant and was never supposed to have children, but that she and her husband decided to take the risk. Now she was pregnant with twins, both of who had spinal bifida. She was from a depressed area in West Virginia and her husband had to remain there to keep his job. It was obvious that she did not have much financial or family support. My roommate asked me how things had gone with the transfusion that day and I pretended to be asleep because, at that moment, I was depressed and wanted to wallow in my sorrow.
Donate to Emmaus
There is no such thing as a donation that is “too little.” Over 90% of our donations are under $100.
Elise Rinke, Donor
Meet Elise Rinke. Like many 10–year-olds, Elise watches the Disney Channel for fun. But, she was also inspired with the channel’s feature spots of children helping people, communities and the planet. “People do good things and I wanted to do something good too!” she said. So to celebrate her birthday on March 23rd, she planned a sleepover and a birthday breakfast and instead of presents, she asked her friends to bring a donation for Emmaus Soup Kitchen. Sister Mary Miller, Emmaus Director is always inspired by the generosity and creativity of our youngest donors and remarked, “This child is as beautiful inside as she is on the outside.” Elise attends Belle Valley Elementary School.
Remember Emmaus with a Memorial
We are grateful to family members who ask that memorials be made to Emmaus on the death of loved ones. Visit our secure site to offer a memorial.
+ Madeline M. Stephany
+ Gerald R. Sargent
+ Carol Anne Pella
+ Margaret E. "Marge" Conyngham
+ Carol Ann (Breter) Sedney
Fulfill the Emmaus Wish List
We always welcome homemade treats for our evening meal.
If you like to bake, please know that our Emmaus guests are so appreciative of cookies, cakes, pies…sweets of any kind.
Give us a call — 814-459-8349 — and we will schedule your homemade treat.