What We Do


At Emmaus Homes, we know that the people we support want to be independent.
In order to do that, they need a home and a community that embraces their unique abilities.

The problem is it’s hard to live without support, which makes our clients feel frustrated, excluded, and powerless. We believe everyone deserves the resources needed to live independently.

We understand it’s tough to manage life alone, which is why for 125 years, as a faith-based organization, we have provided high-quality service caring for the whole person for their whole life.

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Supported Living

What is Supported Living?

Moving into the community from your family home is just another way of growing and finding your own level of independence. It is the responsibility of Emmaus and Direct Support Professionals to help you learn, grow, develop and reach your individualized goals. Emmaus helps with “Activities of Daily Living”, but what we do goes so far beyond that. We are an all-inclusive service that supports individuals ensuring quality of life.

Everyone contributes. Whether it’s cooking, planning the day, washing dishes, sweeping, dusting, etc… in whatever way you can. All individuals have their own room with the opportunity to decorate and set up the room as they wish. We teach people that this is their home and it is their responsibility to help to care for it. It is Emmaus’ job to support you in doing as much as you can for yourself.

Our clients and Direct Support Professionals consider the home it’s very own family where everyone works and lives together and is vested in each other’s success. Many families find all individuals in the home become part of their family, getting together for BBQ, game nights and even vacations.

Supported Living is Habilitative

Habilitative Means Teaching: Emmaus helps individuals learn how to live as independently as possible. For example, caring for their own room, house and yard.  This also includes helping learn volunteer skills, accessing the community, shopping, money and employment. It is about independence and helping each person reach their full potential and quality of life.

This is one of the key pieces that sets the work of a Direct Support Professional apart from a caregiver.

Life at Emmaus

When a person is served by Emmaus, they will find a holistic and individualized support system rising around them. We form long-term relationships with the people we support. Emmaus has the privilege to be involved in almost every aspect of our clients’ lives.  

From supporting individuals with medical care, to community and employment goals like getting a job, volunteering, learning how to make purchases. And we look out for people’s spiritual well-being and social life. It is truly what the individual, along with their planning team, feels is important to the individuals success.

Emmaus Direct Support Professional walking with Emmaus client

Daily Living Activities

Emmaus also works with a series of basic activities performed by individuals on a daily basis necessary for living independently. There are many variations but most categories are the same and can range from:


Shopping for and picking out your own clothes and learning how to get dressed. Deciding how to wear your hair, what color, facial hair or not. Maybe a beard or mustache, and how to take care of those things.


What I like to eat, how to prepare healthy meals, shopping and trying new things. What support do I need during my mealtime? Such as; what I eat, where I eat, how I eat with the help of special equipment, plates, cups, etc…


Do I like baths over showers and when do I prefer to take them? Is there a special soap I like or a special way I prefer my bath? Do I have a favorite person to help me? The same goes for my bathroom support if necessary.


For mobility, what support do I need to navigate my home? Ramps, grab bars, special chairs?

How do I access my deck and outside or get around my neighborhood?

When Direct Support Professionals at Emmaus talk about these things it is in person-centered language. The people at Emmaus tell us how they prefer things to be done, verbally and non-verbally.

Shared Living

What is Shared Living?

A Host Home or Shared Living is an arrangement where a client chooses to live with another individual, couple or family who provides support in their home.

After choosing shared living, Emmaus will work with the team to determine the types of supports desired. The individual with a disability moves in with the caregiver to share the home and receive supports.

Who Can Provide Shared Living?

Anyone who wants to share life with an individual with a disability. Single parents, empty nesters, families, etc…

There is an initial matching process to find a Host Home. Emmaus focuses on lifestyle preferences, cultural values, family/friend involvement, compatibility with animals and children, and more.

Once a match is found – visits, transition meetings, equipment needs, and modifications are scheduled if needed.

Frequently Asked Questions?

How Are Shared Living Providers Compensated?

Hosts are independent contractors who are paid a monthly for both service hours and housing (room and board) Hosts are not Emmaus employees and will have to provide their own retirement savings and medical, dental, and vision benefits. Hosts will be provided with a 1099 tax form each year.

How Much Are Hosts Paid?

Every situation is different based upon the client’s needs. The average monthly payment to hosts range based upon the client’s needs. Emmaus does not deduct any federal, state or local taxes from the host’s monthly payments. In fact, hosts may avoid paying income taxes on any income paid for being a host home. Emmaus recommends hosts seek counsel from an accountant.

Does the Host Have to Pay for the Client’s Medical Care and Prescription Drugs?

The client will carry their own medical insurance. All clients have Medicaid, many also have Medicare. The host is not responsible for paying for medical appointments and prescription copays.

Does the Host Have to Provide Transportation to the Client?

Yes, the host is responsible for transporting the client to all activities outside of the home including but not limited to day programs, competitive jobs, therapy, medical visits, dental visits, vision visits, appointments, and social/recreational activities. The host must have a dependable vehicle and keep current insurance on all vehicles used to transport the clients. The host will not paid for mileage or upkeep on their vehicles.

How Long is the Commitment?

The host home agreement is a yearly contract. Hosts are asked to recommit to the agreement yearly.

Can Hosts Continue to Have Family & Friends Visit?

Hosts are encouraged to continue to live the way they always have. For instance, hosts who have game night with their friends every Friday, should continue doing so. Visitors to the host’s home do not have to go through any additional vetting (like background checks). Hosts do not have to report when visitors
come to their home. If a friend or family becomes a new household member, background checks must be completed on individuals 18 years or older. A house guest that stays overnight for more than 2 weeks or uses the home as a primary residence would need to favorably complete a background check.

Is Everyone Living at the Home Considered a Host?

No. The host is a designated person with whom Emmaus names as the host in the services agreement (contract). This is the person responsible for providing care to the client. Those living in the host’s home are not required to provide care to the client. However, anyone living in the home that is over the age of 18 will need to complete a background check. In addition, a house guest that stays overnight for more than 2 weeks or uses the home as a primary residence would need to favorably complete a background check.

Can Someone Else Living with the Host be Paid to Provide Care?

Possibly. If the planning team is in agreement, a member of the Host’s household can provide relief support. This person must complete all necessary trainings and requirements to provide and be paid for Relief Support.

Can Hosts Have Pets?

Each client has an ISP that will identify if they are able to live in a home with pets. If the host is a pet owner, Emmaus will only match that host with clients who are able to live with pets.

Does the Home Need to be a Certain Size?

It is important for the client to have their own room. They may share a bathroom with the other members of the home. The size of the home is not nearly as important as the type of care the host will provide to the client. However, a home study will be completed by Emmaus; the purpose of the home study is to assess the environment and determine if it will meet the needs of the client.

Is the Host Responsible for Passing Medications?

Yes, the host is responsible for ensuring the client’s medical needs are handled timely and appropriately. The Host will be trained in medication administration. In addition, the host should advocate for the client and act under the guidance provided in the ISP.

Do Host Providers Need to be Married?

Anyone able to provide a safe home, pass a background check, complete annual training, and maintain compliance is eligible. Hosts can be married, single, retired, college-aged, have children in the home, or be empty-nesters. In some cases, hosts can even have a job outside of the home.

How Does a Host Get Trained?

Emmaus provides all the required training for hosts at no cost. Training includes but is not limited to: First Aid/CPR, Medication Administration, Clients Rights, Confidentiality and HIPAA, Person Centered Planning and Person Centered Strategies, client specific training, and positive behavioral supports. In
addition, Emmaus will provide training on electronic documentation requirements.

Are You Together 24/7?

Every client has a set number of relief support hours so a host can have time alone including time away from the client. The average number of relief hours ranges from 150-260 hours per month. Relief hours are funded by Department of Mental Health.

What Are Relief Hours?

Relief hours are given to provide the host a break. Every host home uses relief hours differently. A few examples are:

  • To go on vacation
  • To attend school
  • To attend a second job
  • To participate in hobbies
  • For uninterrupted time to complete paperwork, chores, or errands
  • To attend weddings, funerals, and family events Relief staff, hired by the host, will care for the client when relief hours are in use.

*We will get into relief staffing and relief pay during the informational session.

Are There Inspections?

It is important for the client to have their own room. They may share a bathroom with the other members of the home. The size of the home is not nearly as important as the type of care the host will provide to the client. However, a home study will be completed by Emmaus; the purpose of the home study is to assess the environment and determine if it will meet the needs of the client.

Additional Supports


EmmausLink builds connections by promoting a community-based lifestyle to provide life-enhancing experiences in an educational and social environment. 

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Spiritual Services

 An individual’s spiritual life is an important part of one’s journey to fulfillment. We take pride in our faith-based heritage enrichings the lives of individuals of all beliefs.

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