Emmaus Homes

Presenting Sponsorship of Synod Offers Unique Avenue for Furthering CHHSM Members’ Mission and Ministry

By Barb Powell | July 6, 2019

Part family reunion, part education and information session, part network building … and a lot of fun and hard work. These sentiments express the overall reaction of CHHSM members participating in CHHSM’s first-ever presenting sponsorship of the UCC’s General Synod, held June 21-25 in Milwaukee, Wis. As presenting sponsor, CHHSM’s Synod presence helped introduce the…

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UCC-related Emmaus Homes Celebrates 125 Years of Service to Persons with Disabilities

By CHHSM Staff | March 23, 2019

In an evening filled with history and special tributes, the 125th anniversary celebration of UCC-related Emmaus Homes in St. Charles, Mo., culminated Feb. 23 with a special gala event enjoyed by more than 200 attendees. From the start, the evening focused on the unique history of Emmaus Homes. “As soon as guests walked in, they…

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UCC-related Emmaus Homes Celebrates 125 Years at February 23 Gala

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | February 4, 2019

Emmaus Homes will celebrate its 125th anniversary at a special 125th Gala Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, at Bogey Hills Country Club in St. Charles, Mo. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour, followed by dinner at 7 p.m., and a short program and dancing. The Gala is the culmination of 125 days…

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UCC’s Emmaus Homes Celebrates Legacy Via Social Media Campaigns

By Barb Powell | November 28, 2018

UCC-related Emmaus Homes, a CHHSM-member ministry that serves persons with cognitive and developmental disabilities, is in the middle of a year-long celebration of its 125-year history, and it’s doing so in the best way possible, says Steven Amrhein, Emmaus’ brand manager: through social media. “We decided social media would be a good platform to celebrate…

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UCC Missouri Mid-South Conference, CHHSM Ministries Partnership Works to Create Just World for All

By Barb Powell | July 31, 2018

Donna Smith-Pupillo, executive director of Deaconess Nurse Ministry in St. Louis, sees little difference when talking about her work and that of Deaconess’ partner, the United Church of Christ’s regional Missouri Mid-South Conference. “We partner with the conference because we are a part of the conference,” Smith-Pupillo says. “We are not a separate entity, but…

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United Church of Christ’s Emmaus Homes Boost Wages of Direct Support Professionals to $12/Hour

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | April 16, 2018

Did you know that each year the staff at Emmaus provides more than 1,000,000 hours of service for individuals with developmental disabilities? Did you also know that over the past 5 years, more than 100 new clients have chosen Emmaus as their service provider? Annually, Emmaus hires and trains more than 300 direct support professionals…

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Disabilities Advocate ‘Deane’ Ruppert Dies at 86

By CHHSM Staff | September 29, 2017

Naomi “Deane” Ruppert, long-time UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries supporter and former CEO of the United Church of Christ’s Emmaus Homes in Missouri, died Sept. 14, 2017, at her home in the Cambridge Independent Living Center in Springfield, Mo. She was 86. Ruppert spent her career advocating for and helping people with…

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Nollau To You: Bringing Servant Leadership to CHHSM-Member Ministries

By Barb Powell | July 31, 2017

When Grace Congregational UCC in Two Rivers, Wis., sent a financial gift to United Church of Christ-related Emmaus Homes in St. Charles, Mo., the hope was for one home manager at Emmaus to attend the Nollau Leadership Institute, a servant leadership training program from the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries. Instead, the…

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Unified presence at Synod to bolster CHHSM-member ministries’ visibility

By Barb Powell | June 10, 2017

The United Church of Christ’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries will elevate its visibility in the exhibit hall of the denomination’s General Synod this summer in Baltimore, Md., through two unique approaches: a 12-table exhibit area for member ministries and subsequent unified approach to reaching out to attendees. The CHHSM Exhibit Hall space…

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One-of-a-kind auction fosters the partnerships that provide ‘Emmaus Difference’

By Barb Powell | May 31, 2017

When United Church of Christ-related Emmaus Homes in St. Charles, Mo., held its first-ever quilt and silent auction May 21, it found that combining the good works of local business and church partners reaped extra benefits. The event — part live oral quilt auction and part silent auction — was held at Parkway UCC, an…

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