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
Breanna Mekuly

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

I always loved the fact that when Mary Magdalene saw a man by the empty tomb on Easter morning, she mistook the risen Christ for a gardener. Mary’s mistake might be one of the best metaphors we have of Jesus. Why? Because gardeners are all about...

For the Record

Kids Cafe takes a Field Trip to Splash Lagoon

Kids Cafe children at Splash Lagoon

Over 60 children from the Kids Cafe took their annual trip to Splash Lagoon in late July, stopping first at Shoe Carnival to get a new pair of shoes for school.

“I got these awesome Adidas shoes!” said Juan, a twelve-year-old. Juan’s cousin, thirteen-year-old LaQuisha, added “My shoes had a really high price tag… I didn’t know if it was okay to get them but I really liked them and they said yes.”

Part of the reason this was possible is because Shoe Carnival provided a 30% discount on the shoes. Matt Gregoroff, for the 8th year in a row, made the rest possible by soliciting funds from members of his parish, the Russian...

Upcoming CROP Walk

The CROP Walk raises money for people around the world who are struggling with hunger “one step at a time.” In Erie, a percentage of the profits are always shared with Emmaus Ministries and other nonprofits that address starvation and malnourishment. Last year, Emmaus received $900 from the 2018 CROP Walk.

This year, the CROP Walk is scheduled to take place at Presque Isle State Park – Beach 1 – on Sunday, September 15 with registration starting at 12:30pm. If you are interested in participating in the walk or donating to the CROP Walk to feed the hungry in Erie and around the world, please contact...

Vacation Bible School

Wayside Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School can be a time of telling Biblical stories, doing crafts, playing games, singing, and deepening friendships. But at Wayside Presbyterian Church, the children in attendance add another component to their week: addressing the needs of the community.

Over 40 students ages three through elementary school – accompanied by 20 teenagers and adults and led by Pastor Keith Sundberg – spent time learning about the needs of the guests at Emmaus Ministries during their Vacation Bible School. They visited the soup kitchen to see where many who are hungry in Erie enjoy evening meals and listened to a presentation about the...

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

Month of June 2019

Joan was in line at the Food Pantry when she asked Marie, a volunteer, if she knows if we have any clothes. “We don’t often have clothes,” said Marie, “because we’re not able to store them here. Which means we aren’t able to take donations either. But… what size are you looking for, just in case I hear of anything?” Joan responded. A woman standing behind Joan asked: “If you don’t mind me asking, where are you staying?” Joan responded. The woman said: “My daughter just unexpectedly moved out. Instead of graduating high school this month, she just up and left, leaving behind everything. I have clothes, shoes, jewelry, everything. I have no clue where she went. Do you want it? If so, I’ll drop it off at the place you’re staying.”


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.

+ Elaine J.Boetger (vol)

+ LaVerne Carver

+ Mildred "Millie" Kuntz

+ Etherl M.Van Volkenburg

+ Carney E. Vensel

+ Alfonce A. "Al" Bucheral

+ Lawrence Richard "Larry" Baumann

+ Harold L. (Ike) Stein

+ John C. Koehler

+ Richard L. Hofmann

+ Elaine Marie Schwab

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,
hair supplies (shampoo and conditioner, hair ties, brushes, picks, head bands, etc.)

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