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
“Look at these chairs,” said Sister Mary Miller, director of Emmaus Ministries, to Stephanie Grear, coordinator of the Kids Cafe. “The fabric is so used – maybe we should call someone and get these redone.”
The next day, Stephanie sent Sister Mary the following pictures of the staff and children reupholstering the chairs with this caption: “We eat together, learn together, play together, and recover chairs together.”
Pictured: Kids Cafe coordinator Stephanie, staff member Ebony, and children Kareem and Carl working on the chairs
What do you do with your Christmas tree after the holiday season is over?
The Millcreek Township encourages all residents of Erie County to recycle their trees by holding a “Christmas TreeCycling Event” at the Millfair Compost and Recycling Center. The Center's staff Jessica James and Judy Zelina, along with volunteers, help residents unload trees at the site. In exchange for services, the Center accepts monetary donations for Emmaus Soup Kitchen.
Sister Mary Miller, director of Emmaus Ministries, attended this year’s TreeCycling event. “By 9:30am, they had already collected twenty-four trees!” she said. “I love the fact...
Jerry's Lunch Bag
What’s in your lunch box? Jerry Gorniak, who sells Christmas trees in the area, brings his “lunch bag” to share with Sister Mary Miller, director of Emmaus Ministries, each year around Christmas. This year, he walked into the soup kitchen with a rolled up paper bag, handed it to Sister Mary and said, “I’m here to share my lunch.”
Sister Mary, who knew just what was inside, laughed and thanked him and then unrolled the bag to pull out wads of cash.
As Jerry sells Christmas trees each year, he also sells branches of the evergreens and donates all the proceeds of the bows to Emmaus. This year, he collected about $300.
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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.
Meet Mary Anne Geary
“My hairdresser and friend of fifty years, Kathe Wilson, had often told me about how much she enjoys volunteering at the soup kitchen,” explained Mary Anne Geary. “So when she asked me to step in for a volunteer who was getting older and struggling to come in each week, I said yes.” That was three years ago. And after that first year of substituting, Mary Anne became a regular volunteer on the serving line at the kitchen.
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.
+ Debra Ann Baumann
+ Sara May Burrows Coleman
+ Barbara Coughlin (vol)
+ Brenda Kuntz Nikolishen
+ Dolores "Dolly" A. Harrington
+ Francine Wasiloff Stromenger
+ Maria A. DeRooy
+ Ann DeSantis Swabb
+ Charles G. "Charlie" Knight
+ Harry W. Honard Jr.
+ Helen R. Huegel Kowalski
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.