Dear Friends of Emmaus,
I’ve been asked many times, “Is it hard to see Christ in the faces of those who come to the soup kitchen?” I always reply, “You’re asking me the wrong question. My question is “Do they see Christ in me?”
2013 Annual Holiday Appeal
Dear Friends of Emmaus,
Breaking the Bread
There are people
in the world so hungry,
that God cannot
appear to them
From the Director
Sister Mary Miller
Dear Friend of Emmaus,
Some of my most precious childhood memories are around food: walking with my father in his small “victory” garden, picking elderberries from the bush in our backyard and helping my mother bake pies, each evening the entire family gathering around the table for a home cooked meal, and…oh, my mother’s chicken and biscuits. I learned early on that you can put a lot of love into a meal by the way it is prepared and served.
For the Record
Beautiful Friend of the Poor
“The poor of Erie lost a great friend when florist Joe Wieczorek died. For 20 years, he was the prime mover and organizer of the July Fourth picnic for the poor held at the Pfeiffer Burleigh School playground," wrote Sister Mary Miller in a Letter to the Editor in today’s Erie Times News. Read her entire tribute here...
The Emmaus Children’s Christmas Gift program is in full swing with dozens of volunteers, like Erie Benedictine Sister Susan Doubet, shopping for presents. Thanks to the generosity of churches, social groups and individuals, enough donations were given to care for close to 2,000 children this holiday season. Sister Susan volunteered to shop for 100 children and was given the money, names and sizes for each child by Sister Rosanne Lindal-Hynes, coordinator of the annual project. After...
Restaurant Celebrates Thanksgiving and Emmaus Ministries
Not only did Dominick’s 24 Hour Eatery serve a free Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings to 256 people, but they also remembered Emmaus in a special way. “Emmaus feeds the hungry every day; we do it one day a year,” said Bill Rieger, owner of Dominick’s 24 Hour Eatery. “We’re happy to do that but we also wanted to remember the work of Emmaus.” Following Thanksgiving, Bill arrived at the Soup Kitchen and presented over $700 in cash donations that the restaurant had...
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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.
Martha Hilbert, Soup Kitchen Volunteer
Close to 150 volunteers serve meals each month at Emmaus Soup Kitchen. They range in age from the late teens to early 80’s. The volunteer who has been with Emmaus the longest is Martha Hilbert. Also, each summer the guests eagerly await her ice-cream sundae treat-when her family comes to dish out scoops of ice cream, sprinkles, nuts, whip cream and cherries. When you read about her favorite Scripture quote or story, you will get a glimpse into her beautiful soul.
WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO THE SOUP KITCHEN 32 YEARS AGO? It was a time in my life when I looked around and realized how blessed I was. I wanted to share those blessings, to do something good with my life. A Sister friend recommended that I try the soup kitchen and it’s been my home ever since.
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.
+ Joseph W. Wieczorek (vol)
+ Daniel E. Desser
+ Donald G. Metzger
+ Charles Richard "Dick" Bowen
+ Elizabeth L. "Betty" Justka DeSantis
Fulfill the Emmaus Wish List
WE ARE IN URGENT NEED OF FOOD ITEMS SUCH AS POWDERED MILK, CANNED CHILI, BEEF STEW OR PASTA, SOUP AND CANNED FRUIT FOR OUR EMERGENCY FOOD BAGS. wE ARE ALWAYS IN NEED OF DIAPERS (ANY SIZE) AND BABY FORMULA.
The Kids Cafe Store is in need of the following items:
Travel size Kleenex
Pump bottles of hand soap
Dollar Store toys for Bingo prizes
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 or make arrangements to accept your donation.