Emmaus supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to reclaim their place in the community and live with independence in their own homes.

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Our Impact


Community Inclusion

Emmaus supports more than 300 adults with intellectual and developmental to lead fulfilling, independent lives in the homes and neighborhoods of their choice. The people we support are active members of their communities.

Paying DSPs

Solving the DSP workforce crisis is our top legislative priority. Despite systemic disinvestment of disability services at the state level, Emmaus has invested millions of dollars to ensure every Direct Support Professional earns a living wage.

Leadership Development

Emmaus equips bold leaders. People we support take part in self-advocacy workshops and other skills training. We offer frequent staff training, certification courses, and a career path in place for those without degrees.



The 2020 Census: Everyone Counts!

The 2020 Census: Everyone Counts!

Throughout our history at Emmaus, we have remained true to our values. At the heart of our mission, we believe every person has gifts to offer, dreams to follow, and love to share. In other words, everyone counts! This is an important idea to...

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Emmaus Visits Washington DC

Emmaus Visits Washington DC

Photo: Missouri advocates from Emmaus, St. Louis Arc, and Easterseals Midwest with Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer On October 13th-14th, Emmaus team members joined almost 200 other service providers from around the country in Washington DC for this...

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The DSP Initiative

The DSP Initiative

Earlier this year a service provider in St. Louis - similar to Emmaus - was forced to discontinue serving 17 people with disabilities because government rates for their services are too low to hire and retain staff. The average rate that we receive...

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