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

Sister Mary Miller (right) with Emmaus guest.

“We rise by lifting others,” Robert Ingersoll wrote. Three Erie groups gave credence to this quote by recently recognizing Emmaus Director Sister Mary Miller for her 35-year commitment to the poor and hungry of Erie. In early April, Mercyhurst University presented...

For the Record

Life Question

Kids Cafe children display their Life Question artwork

When Stephanie Goer, coordinator of the Kids Cafe, read the lines of a poem that had been painted and illustrated on the front steps of the building that houses the Emmaus after school feeding program for children, she had an idea. “I wonder how the children would answer the question posed by the poet,” she asked herself.

To find out Stephanie took a group of students outside and they read together these lines by poet Mary Oliver:

Tell me, what it is you plan to do
With your one wild and precious life?”

The children and staff talked about the poem and then the children answered the poet’s question on poster...

Growing for Emmaus

Howard Shouse, Cheryl Shouse, Diane Voelker, Ellen DiPlacido and Mike Bailey

A local ministry has adopted the Emmaus Food Panty and Soup Kitchen as recipients of the produce it will grow in a six-bed garden outside Grandview Alliance Church, 1102 E. Gore Road.

Fruits of the Spirit is sponsoring the project and organized a weekend fundraiser at three Erie area Bob Evans restaurants. Any customers who mentioned Fruits of the Spirit or presented a special flyer had 15 percent of their bill donated to the project. The money will be used for plants and tools according to organizers Cheryl and Howard Shouse.

Prior to starting the garden project, the Shouses consulted with master gardeners Mike Bailey and...

Young Philanthrophists

Dina Rollinger developed a unique bond with the Kids Cafe when she was the Gannon University Work Study Placement in Fall 2015. She never forgot the children and when she was assigned a community project in a leadership seminar class at Gannon recently, she decided to organize a Book Drive that would let each child at the Kids Cafe take home any books they wanted. “It was rewarding to see the children’s excitement when they got to pick a few books,” Dina said. “I hope the books will engage them and promote literacy in their lives. My friends at Gannon and I really enjoyed putting the book drive together as a way to give back to the Erie...

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.

Gannon students share time, gain insights

Kyle Hartl and friends at Sister Gus' Kids Cafe

by Liz Allen
A TV crime drama inspired Kyle Hartl to think about becoming an attorney. Now his real-life experience as a volunteer has prompted him to consider how he might use the law to improve children’s lives.

Kyle, 21, is a legal studies senior at Gannon University. “I always knew I wanted to be a lawyer,” he says. “I used to watch ‘Law & Order’ every day.”

For Dr. Timothy Caswell’s leadership class, Kyle was required to perform 30 hours of service. Sister Gus’ Kids Cafe was Kyle’s final placement...

Donate to Emmaus

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

Occupational therapy students share their talents

Mary Carroll, Gannon University occupational therapy student

by Liz Allen
Children at Sister Gus’ Kids Cafe stretched their limbs and college students expanded their horizons recently, thanks to three Gannon University students who gave their time to introduce the kids to yoga.

“We’re always looking for different things for the children to do and be exposed to,” says Stephanie Grear, director of the Kids Cafe. So she was intrigued when Mary Carroll and two classmates asked if they could involve the children in their senior research project on sensory integration, which Mary describes ...

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.

+ Gilda Arduini Vitelli

+ Theresa MIchalski Dzikowski

+ Edward J. Malinowski

+ Shirley Bastow Kenehan

+ Anthony James Denny (vol)

+ Janice K. Sedler

+ Donald "Herbie" Beer

+ Almarie Lillian (Baldini) Arneman

+ August "A.J." Scolio, Jr.

+ Chester D. Urbaniak

+ Kenneth W. Gordon

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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