Emmaus Ministries celebrates a Dedicated Volunteer Nurse

Every day guests at Emmaus Soup Kitchen can be assured of a hot meal, but on Wednesday they get something special – medical assistance. And on Sunday, October 28, at Lakewood United Methodist Church, the Emmaus family joined in celebrating the “commissioning service” for Mary Louise Imbruglio, one of the nurses who ministers at the kitchen.

Mary Louise completed a two-year program of study and onsite training to become a member of Faith Community Nurses, a branch of the national Healthcare for the Homeless Partnership. “Barbara Lewis, who organizes the faith community nurses in Erie, got me interested,” said Mary Louise. “She is someone I want to emulate and so I began coming to Emmaus with her and then decided to enroll in the program.”

In addition to promoting a more integrative approach to healthy living in a faith context, these nurses provide direct health care in shelters, soup kitchens, churches, and on the streets. At Emmaus, for example, they offer first aid, foot care, blood pressure tests, and talk to the guests about preventative care and a more wholistic approach to life.

Sister Mary Miller and Rita Scrimenti, employees of Emmaus Ministry, went to the ceremony to help celebrate Mary Louise’s accomplishment. “Mary Louise is so dedicated to the people of Emmaus,” said Sister Mary, “and the ceremony was beautifully filled with song and prayer and celebration.”

Left to right: Fran Donatelli, Barb Lewis, Mary-Louise Imbruglio (newly commissioned Faith Community Nurse), Julia Roussos (Nurse Practitioner & newly commissioned), Jeanne Tropper, and Patti Rodgers.

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