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Before tossing 2021 away, we wanted to take a moment and reflect on some of the incredible memories you’ve helped create. These are only a few snapshots of the thousands of activities you make happen every single day. You are the light in their darkness and the joy amidst the chaos. You are the reason Emmaus is strong and making a difference. Among countless memorable moments, check out some of this year’s favorites…

Working with the Best

Our Direct Support team members were recognized for demonstrating consistent dedication and frequently going above and beyond their typical day-to-day responsibilities…

  • Natasha ArchieANCOR DSP of the Year
  • Deanna RobinsonEmmaus DSP of the Year (DSP Week)
  • Ben PerkinsEmmaus Collaboration Award (DSP Week)
  • Kenny MooreEmmaus Initiative Award (DSP Week)
  • Michael GuessEmmaus Customer-Centered Award (DSP Week)
  • Alison HarmonEmmaus Integrity Award (DSP Week)
Emmaus team member with awards from 2021

Natasha Teaching Clients About Giving Back 

Emmaus Direct Support Lead, Natasha, has recently given the phrase “Work That Matters” a whole new meaning at Emmaus. Natasha is always excited to teach valuable lessons to Brad and all of his housemates she supports. Her passion led to a fantastic idea that would teach Brad and his housemates how to love, share, and give to those who are less fortunate through an unforgettable experience.

Golfing for Green!

In April 2021, we hosted The Emmaus Golf Tournament! The sold-out event featured a four-person scramble, competition holes, food and beverages, a silent auction, and special prizes for our top golfers. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, teams, donations, and volunteers, we raised $43,000! Be on the lookout for our tournament in 2022 ⛳

Golfing for Green 2021 Success

Why Emmaus: Giving Tuesday Success

This #GivingTuesday, we asked the fundamental question, “Why Emmaus?” Emmaus supporters joined the conversation by giving, sharing posts, spreading the word, and remembering the people of Emmaus in their thoughts and prayers. We simply could not continue Emmaus’ critical services without our incredible donors.

Together, our donors met Emmaus’ goal to raise $5,000! So, we are thrilled to capture the matching gift pledged by a retired United Church of Christ pastor and his spouse. They have been long-time supporters of Emmaus and believe strongly in the important services Emmaus offers. This means that the collective total raised on Giving Tuesday is $12,089.68!

Work That Matters Campaign (GiveSTLDay)

Earlier this year, we launched our #WorkThatMatters campaign. The campaign featured team members and clients alike by sharing their stories about why the work they do matters to them. Several communications, a recruiting commercial, and a GiveSTLDay tie-in lead us to raise $13,523 to support #WorkThatMatters. We couldn’t have done it without you! Thank you for uplifting the essential work of our Direct Support team members who live to enrich the lives of people with developmental disabilities. Check out the stories we shared with you below…

The Emmaus Poker Run in Washington!

Our very first Emmaus Poker Run was a very fun event! Over 50 Jeeps and 100 participants helped to raise $2,000+ to support the women and men of Emmaus! All the proceeds raised from this fun-draiser go towards helping people with developmental disabilities live independently in our community just like you.

Emmaus Poker Run Graphic Photo 2021

Val’s Art Shines

Valerie is a busy person. She goes on large shopping trips almost every other week, gets manicures and pedicures once a month, and rides horses when sessions are offered. With fewer and fewer of Valerie’s favorite activities being feasible this past year, she has shifted her sights onto a newer hobby: Crafting.

Valerie works closely with her Direct Support Professionals to grow her artistic talents and tackle a few extensive cardmaking activities each month. Valerie expresses her creativity by handcrafting a memorable surprise for all who are lucky enough to receive one. She improves her arts and crafts skills is by practicing personalized cards for her friends and loved ones!

She sends pictures and art to her Direct Support Professionals, family, and church groups. Even former Emmaus employees receive her work. Sometimes she’ll get cards and letters back to stay in touch. Valerie is always excited to head outside and drop a handcrafted card in her mailbox, hoping to spark a conversation in return.

Val's Art 2021 Article

Always Growing

At Emmaus, the men and women we support are “Always Growing” because they have the resources they need to learn, set, and accomplish their goals. Early this year, we shared unique stories of personal growth from a variety of clients we support. From learning something new, to developing an existing skill, there are limitless stories that features the successes of the women and men of Emmaus.

Always Growing Graphic for 2021
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