This year marks an extraordinary milestone for Emmaus Homes. For 125 years our faith-based organization has been providing services for adults with developmental disabilities.
Since our humble beginnings in 1893 on a former seminary campus in Marthasville, Missouri, Emmaus has remained singularly focused on providing the best possible care for those we were entrusted to serve. Today we serve nearly 300 clients in 84 homes in St. Charles, Lincoln, Warren, Franklin and St. Louis counties.
We are truly, as our 125th anniversary campaign says, “Celebrating the Legacy.”
I have been blessed to be part of Emmaus Homes for nearly 10 years. And on this occasion, I couldn’t be prouder to celebrate the organization’s greatest achievements along with its greatest assets, each of you – our clients, donors, employees and volunteers.
In this very special year, there can be no more perfect connection between our legacy and the future than to acknowledge our incredible staff who’s work with our clients is what truly makes Emmaus extraordinary. Recently, while reflecting on our history, I was reminded that our industry has long struggled with staffing issues. Determined to help solve this crisis, our Board of Directors made a bold decision to invest more than $10 million over the next 3 years to help stabilize our workforce AND provide a living wage for our staff who care directly for our clients each and every day. We’ve crafted a ‘Grateful Family’ campaign to not only help us fund this initiative, but to also assist us as we work to advocate at the state and federal level for their loved ones.
Which brings us to my favorite part of our job: What’s next? Our team continues to focus on improving the lives of those we serve in many ways, including a recent redesign of our client services structure, which will provide much more personalized services for clients and their family members.
We’re also utilizing new technologies to help our clients live more independent lives. Our spiritual care services continue to evolve through community-based offerings including bible study, home visits and worship services. And lastly, generous donors have helped ensure that our archives will be preserved for many years to come.
We have some wonderful plans in store to celebrate our anniversary over the next year.
Here’s a sampling of some of the things you can look forward to:
5th Annual Duckfest – Saturday, Oct. 6
Emmaus 125th Gala – Saturday, Feb. 23
We are also working on details for a final worship service at the Marthasville Chapel later this year along with the opportunity for guests to view our archives and share their memories.
In closing, I’d like to thank you for the continued generosity we receive from our donors. I thank God that He has touched the hearts of so many of you who generously support our clients. We can only do this critical work because of you and your faithful support.
President & CEO