There are people
in the world so hungry,
that God cannot
appear to them
Breaking the Bread
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
“The kids pick out two boxes of whatever cereal they would like per week,” Sheila Murray, staff at Sister Gus’ Kids Cafe said. She was explaining what happens to the 284 boxes of cereal collected by the Gannon University Support Staff Association for the Kids Cafe. Their third annual cereal drive means that the kids are able to bring cereal home to their families, which often supplements meals, “especially during the weekends and on long vacations from school,” says Sheila.
Pictured: Morgan and Ashley from Gannon University with cereal donation.
There’s nothing like a few-dozen homemade cookies arriving at the front door of Emmaus soup kitchen. “Our guests love them,” said Sister Mary Miller, director of Emmaus. “But 125-dozen cookies! The guests were elated!”
Ken Bish and his Cursillo group from St. Mary’s, PA baked the cookies especially for the guests of Emmaus. Coming in all shapes and sizes, Ken’s wife, Terri, made a day out of the delivery; after bringing the cookies, she volunteered in the kitchen and pantry. “I just loved being there,” she said, “and I know that our cookies are just a drop in the box of everything else needed to feed the guests.”
“I brought a few icons – pictures that we hang on our walls at the kitchen – to tell the women of the Rosary Society about the journey to Emmaus and why we do what we do,” said Emmaus social worker Rita Scrimenti. Rita explained to the women from Our Lady of Peace parish in Erie that, like in the biblical story of Emmaus, “we meet people where they are at, share a meal together, and come to see the Christ in all.” Not only does the society meet regularly for prayer but they also do good works and gave Rita a donation of hats, gloves, peanut butter, and jelly for the Emmaus guests.
Pictured on right: Two Rosary Society members...
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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.
This is where Christ eats
Walking into Emmaus Soup Kitchen can be a life-changing experience – for the volunteers, that is, says Greg Baker.
Donate to Emmaus
There is no such thing as a donation that is “too little.” Over 90% of our donations are under $100.
Flowers power generosity
Carl Larese knows the value of mentors and the beauty of paying it forward, and both have influenced his support of Emmaus Ministries.
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.
+ Harry W. Honard Jr.
+ Helen R. Huegel Kowalski
+ Michael Henry Schloss
+ Mary Beth Regan
+ Howard G. Earll
+ Carolee "Carol" A. Bretz
+ Mary D. (Riazzi) Filippo
+ Alan D. Cagara
+ Jacqueline A. (Miller) Iavarone
+ Edward Joseph August Kennerknecht
+ Ann (Chilelli) Bandecca
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:
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.