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.



Read About United Way’s Visit to Emmaus

Read About United Way’s Visit to Emmaus

The United Way brings people and organizations together to solve our region’s most pressing issues. They are making St. Louis a better place to live, work, and thrive. Emmaus team members are proud supporters of the United Way, and Emmaus also...

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Advocating for Andrew

Advocating for Andrew

In May of 2014, Richard and Diane were given the most unexpected news from their son, Andrew’s case manager. Andrew, with multiple diagnoses on the autism spectrum, had been selected by the state of Missouri to receive funding for full time...

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