Emmaus Ministries

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

Mission

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
Email:
Sister Mary Miller, OSB
Margaret Kloecker
Rita Scrimenti
Breanna Mekuly
Valerie Luckey

Emmaus Soup Kitchen
218 East 11th Street
Erie PA 16503

Sister Gus' Kids Cafe
310 East 10th Street
Erie PA 16503
814-878-2922

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

Sister Mary

I suppose if you asked people on the street, “What is Emmaus?” they would answer, “a place that feeds hungry people for free.” And they’d be right, to a point.

For the Record

Flowers in Bloom at Emmaus Soup Kitchen

Art House students

“Where flowers bloom, so does hope,” said Lady Bird Johnson. Right now, there is great hope in bloom at Emmaus Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry. Sister Pat Lupo, OSB, along with a group of her students from the Neighborhood Art House recently planted flowers on the 11th Street sidewalk in front of the soup kitchen and food pantry. This is the sixth year that they have done this project.

Each summer, Sister Pat, the Environmental Program Director at the Neighborhood Art House, works with a group of students to weed, plant, and mulch the area, providing beauty for Emmaus guests and all who pass by. Over two weeks, ten students who...

Emmaus Staff Member Speaks on Food Insecurity During Covid-19

ECF Meet-up Logo

“This pandemic has highlighted for the country an ugly truth of our society: many families and individuals within our own communities do not have financial security to meet an emergency situation,” said Breanna Mekuly, Public Relations Assistant for Emmaus Ministries, as she spoke to thirty-five virtual attendees during Erie Community Foundation’s Mid-Week Meetup.

Led by Erie Community Foundation’s Executive Director, Mike Batchelor, and Vice President for Philanthropic Services, Susannah Weis Frigon, and moderated by Program Officer, Rachel Cacchione, the Mid-Week Meetup offered an online session titled, "Food Insecurity in the...

A Holiday Feast for Kids Cafe Families

Stephanie with Kids Cafe children

With the help of Emmaus Soup Kitchen and Second Harvest Food Bank, families from the Kids Cafe will have a Fourth of July feast! This week, Kids Cafe coordinator, Stephanie Grear, along with staff member, Ebony King, packed and delivered boxes to the families of children who attend Sister Gus’s Kids Cafe.

The Kids Cafe remains closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, so children who regularly participate in the summer program are at home with their families until the school year begins. But, Stephanie said, “We wanted to help our families enjoy the holiday. We gathered baked beans, fruit, popsicles, hot dogs, burgers, and toppings—...

Walking Together on the Road to Emmaus

Volunteers and Donors

Emmaus depends on many volunteers and donors at the food pantry, soup kitchen and Kids Cafe.Call 814-459-8349 if you would like to volunteer. Click here to make a donation.

Joan Martter

Joan Martter with soup kitchen guest, Tom

Emmaus staff member Breanna Mekuly interviewed Joan Martter about her time volunteering at Emmaus. This is what she had to say.

Breanna: How long have you been serving at Emmaus?
Joan: I first started serving at the soup kitchen in 2000. Initially, I came to the soup kitchen to deliver the proceeds of our Angel Tree for Sister Rosanne’s children’s Christmas celebrations.* I was working with Fairview High School and the Angel Tree was a part of our Key Club. Soon after, I started bringing desserts once a month to the soup kitchen.

Soup's On: An Emmaus Journal

By Breanna Mekuly, an employee with Emmaus Ministries

Months of January and February

Tim is one of the friendliest guests of the soup kitchen I’ve ever met. He always smiles and enjoys joking around. The other day as I walked past he called me over and, chuckling to himself, said: “Breanna, are you a nun yet?” I laughed and told him that’s not where my life is headed. “Well, if you keep working here,” he said, “I bet they’ll get you soon!”

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Someday are better than others. Today was hectic at the soup kitchen. The cops came looking for one of our guy guests. A woman had a bad reaction to a drug she had taken and paramedics had to be called. Then another woman came in with a nasty attitude. But our volunteers and guests, of course, took it all in stride and treated one another with goodwill.

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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 V. Martone

+ Joseph J. Desser

+ Ronald N. "Ronnie" Sitter

+ Barbara A. Cunic Esper (vol)

+ Agnes S. (Kaliszewski) Kinem

+ Theresa C, Czupkowski Snyder

+ Rosemary (McCabe) Kaveney (vol)

+ Marie E. (Lubelski) Kuzmin

+ Cynthia Hauser Manna

+ "Connie" Bruno Ratajczak (vol)

+ Joseph Nies

Fulfill the Emmaus Wish List

You can always help us stock our shelves at the soup kitchen with ground coffee, instant tea and instant lemonade, jelly/jam, peanut butter, maple syrup, mayonnaise/miracle whip, soup, and canned fruit. We ALWAYS appreciate diapers (all sizes) and baby formula.

The Kids Cafe Store is in need of the following items:
School supplies
hand sanitizer,
Kleenex,
hair supplies (shampoo and conditioner, hair ties, brushes, picks, head bands, etc.)
Deodorant
Socks

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.

Emmaus Ministries