Emmaus Ministries

Emmaus Ministries

A commitment to the forgotten and the faceless of society – a Christian presence and outreach in Erie, Pennsylvania since 1974.


EMMAUS MINISTRIES: A Commitment to the Forgotten and the Marginal
— to the faceless of society who get left out and left behind without support at times of crisis

— to the single mother whose life is a constant struggle to provide simple necessities for her children

— to the child lost in poverty whose present is barely human and whose future is already lost

— to the elderly whose basic needs are too great for a check that is too small

— to the working poor who work in the lowest of low paying jobs and never get ahead

Contact Information

Emmaus Ministries, Inc.
345 East 9th Street
Erie, PA 16503
Phone: 814-459-8349
Fax: 814-459-8066
Sister Mary Miller, OSB
Margaret Kloecker
Rita Scrimenti

Emmaus Soup Kitchen
218 East 11th Street
Erie PA 16503

Sister Gus' Kids Cafe
310 East 10th Street
Erie PA 16503

Breaking the Bread

There are people  
in the world so hungry,
that God cannot
appear to them
except in
the form
of bread.
Mahatma Gandhi 

From the Director

Sister Mary Miller

Dear Friends of Emmaus,

“Be stubborn about the vision, but flexible with your plan,” wrote John C. Maxwell.

In the year following the devastating fire at Emmaus Soup Kitchen I have come to appreciate that advice. When a good part of the soup kitchen went up in flames, we decided to build a new facility that...

For the Record

Share a flower

Ethan with Carl Larese at Emmaus Benefit: Good Neighbor Day

Why has Carl Larese, owner of Larese Floral Design, hosted a benefit for Emmaus Soup Kitchen for 14 consecutive years? Why is he still enthused about Good Neighbor Day where he gives a bouquet of 12 flowers to anyone who donates paper products or non-perishable food items to the kitchen and asks donors to keep one flower for themselves and share the remaining 11 stems with neighbors?

Let Carl tell you why: “Ethan, age 3, came to the shop with his babysitter, Debbie, to drop off a donation and to pick up a bouquet. While they were in the store, Rita Scrimenti from Emmaus dropped in and she was telling me that peanut butter is one of...

Oktoberfest Fundraiser

Emmaus Ministries Margaret Kloecker

Margaret Kloecker, administrative assistant, represented Emmaus at the Oktoberfest at St Joseph Bread of Life Church, Erie, PA last Friday for the tapping of the keg to open the fest. Emmaus will receive 10% of the Proceeds from the annual weekend. Participating in the event was especially meaningful for Margaret because it’s her home parish where her uncle Msgr. Bernard Kloecker was pastor over 100 years ago.
Click here to watch Margaret tap the keg with parishioner Doug Konzel.

S.O.N.S. offer fish fry at Emmaus

S.O.N.S. offer fish fry at Emmaus

The S.O.N.S. (Save Our Native Species) of Lake Erie signed up two new members to its organization while hosting its annual fish fry at Emmaus Soup Kitchen. Both Sister Mary Miller, director of Emmaus Ministries, and Rita Scrimenti, Emmaus social worker, signed on the dotted line. “This fish fry is such a treat for our guest and S.O.N.S. is not only an impacting environmental group, but they are a lot of fun,” said Sister Mary. “Becoming a member is an honor.” Fresh Lake Erie perch, walleye, and pollock were served to over 200 men, women and children. About 20 members of S.O.N.S spent 5 hours cleaning, beer-battering, frying and serving...

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.

Why I Don’t Like Working at Soup Kitchens

Breanna Mekuly, Emmaus Ministries volunteer

Last week I served at the Emmaus Soup Kitchen in Erie, PA. The next day, Sr. Mary who runs the kitchen asked me how my experience was. I hesitated before telling her the truth; I didn’t like it and actually, I don’t like soup kitchens in general.

All I did was serve fruit on the line this time. In the midst of asking guests if they would like what I’m serving and then scooping canned fruit onto plates with as much dignity as possible, I overheard quite a few conversations.

For example, one woman begged a server to help her carry her plate. She had just suffered a miscarriage, she said, and by the looks of her, it...

Donate to Emmaus

There is no such thing as a donation that is “too little.” Over 90% of our donations are under $100.

Betty Amatangelo

Betty Amatangelo cuddles her three-month-old grandson, Henry, while Henry's twin, Josie, sleeps on the swing.

When Betty Amatangelo was dismissed from her job at Mercyhurst University in a cost-cutting move in November 2014, the lost income hit her family's budget and also took an emotional toll.

But Betty and her husband, Tony, never considered reducing or dropping their gifts to Emmaus Ministries. They remain committed to tithing – giving back 10 percent of their income – because they know their donations make a difference. They also know what it's like to struggle with problems similar to those facing guests at Emmaus.

“We both fought addictions and alcoholism and are blessed with...

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.

+ Ann (Chilelli) Bandecca

+ Linda Sobczak (vol)

+ Diana J. Swain Chandley

+ Edwin C. Weckerly

+ Sophie Stella Bruno

+ Robert G. Lindenberger (vol)

+ Paul V. Verno

+ Shirley H. Thorwart Guilford

+ Margaret Mary Sabatini Baldini

+ Robert J. "Jerry" Lyons

+ Valerie Ann (Kehoe) Smith

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 bags. We ALWAYS need diapers (all sizes) and baby formula.

The Kids Cafe Store is in need of the following items:
Nail Polish
Travel size Kleenex
Pump bottles of hand soap
Dollar Store toys for Bingo prizes

Attention Bakers!!! We welcome homemade treats for our guests. If you're a baker, know that our Emmaus guests appreciate cookies, cakes, pies…sweets of any kind.

Call 814-459-8349 for more information or to schedule your donation.

Pray with Emmaus

Please join with the Emmaus community in reciting this prayer daily.

Prayer of St. Vincent DePaul

You will find that charity
is a heavy burden to carry,
heavier than the kettle of soup
and the basket of bread.

But you must your gentleness
and your smile keep.

Giving soup and bread
isn’t all that you can do.

The poor are your masters-
terribly sensitive and exacting
as you will see.

But the more demanding they seem
the more unjust and bitter
the more you must give them your love.

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