Learn From Each Other
The saying, "I learn something new everyday," has certainly been true for me as I reflect on my summer here at St. Charles Emmaus. My job has been guiding and assisting residents* in the craft program. I really don't think of it as a task that is my duty to fulfill because the girls have given me more than I could ever give them.
For this reason I think of my work as a delightful challenge of living together in harmony. Naturally this means that we all must be willing to listen to the opinions and feelings of another person. I think this is the best way to learn something from each other.
In case the girls are unaware of how they have made my life happier and more complete, I would like to tell them.
The most important things like love and understanding are very present in your lives. You showed this in many ways - sometimes a helping hand, sometimes just waiting patiently until I could start you on a project. And then there were those sincere words of appreciation and lilting laughter - such priceless gifts! I will fondly remember the "I love yous"; who doesn't feel a need to be loved?!
Above all else, I will always cherish our informal talks about Jesus; and your eagerness to know more about Him and sing praises to His name. Such joys make me feel closer to Jesus also.
Even though I have spoken in particular of the girls who came down for crafts, I want to thank each and every one of you for giving yourselves to me. In this glorious, humble way, I know the sense of fulfillment that can be attained and it is my wish that attendants and residents will continually strive to benefit from learning from each other.
- Written by Pat Foltz in the Emmaus Messenger, 1970.
For over a year, Emmaus team members were asked to describe Emmaus in three words. One word overwhelmingly rose to the top of the list. Family.
It’s not that surprising that this word appeared again and again. Many team members don’t expect the quick bond they develop when joining the Emmaus family. Everything that happens during the countless hours with clients becomes very personal and heartfelt. Everyone works diligently and brings their passion to life through the care they provide. There are many valuable experiences and a lifetime of memories that follow.
However, there is another reason why “family” describes Emmaus.
For 125 years, people have been encouraging their real-world family to consider joining our Emmaus family. Today, it’s not a rare occasion that working at Emmaus is a shared experience between siblings, parents and children, husbands and wives, and even extended family members.
One team member introduced her career to her mom, and then her sister. “I don’t really get to work with my mom much, since she works overnights in Marthasville, but it’s nice to have someone to talk to who understands what you’re talking about. Emmaus is such an important thing to me and I am thrilled that I get to share the fun times, sad times, stressful times…all of it with them!” Sabrina D.
Another team member recently celebrated her 40th anniversary with Emmaus. Her mom made a surprise visit. “I used to bring Rhonda along with me when I worked. She became old enough to work, and then passed the tradition down to her son, Brian. One thing that hasn’t changed over 40 years is the rewarding opportunities that come along with caring for individuals with developmental disabilities."
“Our family is blessed with spending more one-on-one time with clients.” says Romana R. Working with her sister and daughter, Romana says their true passion and advocacy for people comes to life. Romana works with her sister Ronethia in the office and feels relieved knowing her daughter has a rewarding career working as a Home Manager. “We’re happy to have our family part of the Emmaus family!”
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