THE EMMAUS JOURNEY - Emmaus Community of Pittsburgh

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Volume 14, Number 2
          The Emmaus Community
                                                                                                                                                            The Emmaus Community of Pittsburgh                                                                      Summer 2008

               of Pittsburgh
         Timothy F. Noca, Chairman
         Diane Redington, Secretary
         Cynthia L. Meegan, Treasurer
                                                                                                                                                                                    THE EMMAUS JOURNEY
         Cathy Baysek
         William Fichter
         Michael Fitzgerald
                                                                                                                                                                                      SUMMER NEWSLETTER 2008
         Delia N. Glaser, R.N.                                                                                                                                                                                    "AND THEY RECOGNIZED HIM IN THE BREAKING OF THE BREAD." LUKE 24:35
         Leon L. Haley, PhD
         Joseph Hufnagel
         Karen Jacobsen*
         David G. Matesic
         David D. Moritz
                                                                                                                                                                                       HATS OFF TO THE 2008 EMMAUS
         Rev. Garry Patriquin
         Sr. Mary Jean Petrarca, SC
         Margaret Pollock**
         Francis P. Santicola
                                                                                                                                                                                          KENTUCKY DERBY GALA!
         Regis W. Stafford, MD                                                                                                                                                                                    On May 3rd, the Emmaus Community and friends celebrated
         Clayton A. Sweeney, Esq.                                                                                                                                                                                 this year’s Kentucky Derby with hats and style at our annual
         J. Kenneth Wagner
         Lorraine S. Wagner                                                                                                                                                                                       Gala! Guests enjoyed live music from The Businessmen, a surf
         *Ex officio                                                                                                                                                                                              & turf dinner, and southern-style mint juleps at the beautiful
            President Emmaus Community
         **Ex officio                                                                                                                                                                                             Oakmont Country Club. Thank you to our Gala committee
            Chief Financial Officer, Emmaus Community
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  co-chairs, Tim and Lisa Noca, and to our committee members,
         Lorraine Sweeney Wagner                                                                                                                                                                                  Ginny and Mark Koenig, Linda and Chris Neff, and Michelle
         Executive Director
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  and George Urban, for all your hard work and contributions.
         Emmaus Contacts:
         Call 412-381-0277                                                                                                                                                                                        Our Gala also served as the kick-off event for the new Emmaus
         Residential Homes – Kelly                                                                                                                                                                                Community Capital Campaign! Thank you to our honorary
         Respite Care – Tiffany or Jackie
         Internships – Jennifer                                                                                                                                                                                   Chairperson, Art Rooney, Jr.; our Campaign Co-chairs, Leo
         Volunteers – Ruth                                                                                                                                                                                        Yochum and Clayton A. Sweeney; our Board Campaign Chair,
         Golf – Karen                                                                                                                                                                                             Tim Noca; the Special Gifts Committee, Bindy Bucci-Matesic,
         In Kind Donations – Sr. Mary Jean                              We Need Your Help! There’s Something for Everyone!                                Gala Committee members Ginny Koenig and Lisa
                                                                                                                                                                  Noca celebrate the Derby in their finest.       Dave Matesic, and Cindy Meegan; and the General Gifts
         Emmaus Offices                                                 Ways to Donate                                                                                                                            Committee, Mike Fitzgerald (Chair), Nancy McKenna, Mark
         2810 Carey Way                                                 ❏ I have a car to donate. Please contact me at #__________________________                                                                McKenna, Dave Moritz, and Butch Santicola, for their leadership.
         Pittsburgh PA 15203
         Tele: 412-381-0277
                                                                        ❏ I will begin to use daily.                                                                                               With a target of $1.6 million, we have now raised just over 40%
         Fax: 412-431-8653                                              ❏ I will collect used cell phones and cartridges for your recycling program.                                                              of our goal! We know that with everyone’s help, our Capital
                                                                        ❏ Please accept my tax deductible general contribution.                                                                                   Campaign will be a great success!
         Emmaus House                                                   ❏ Check enclosed made payable to:
         2821 Sarah Street
         Pittsburgh PA 15203                                                                        The Emmaus Community
         Tele: 412-381-0277                                                                 2821 Sarah Street • Pittsburgh, PA 15203                                                                              THE EMMAUS COMMUNITY RECEIVES
                                                                        ❏ Credit card payments:
         Bethany House                                                                                                                                                                                            MAJOR GIFT FROM SHADYSIDE
         514 Dunster Street
         Pittsburgh, PA 15226                                           Name______________________________________________________________                                                                        PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
         Tele: 412-531-8202
         Fax: 412-531-2647                                                                                                                                                                                        Shadyside Presbyterian Church recently awarded the Emmaus
                                                                        Address____________________________________________________________                                                                       Community a gift of $15,000. Emmaus would like to thank
         Tabor House                                                                                                                                                                                              Jerry Potts, as well as the board and members of Shadyside
         1626 Hatteras Street                                           Phone :____________________________________________________________
         Pittsburgh, PA 15212
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Presbyterian, for their great generosity and dedication to
         Tele: 412-231-4432                                                                                                                                                                                       helping our community!
         Fax: 412-231-4407                                              Type of Credit Card:__________________________________________________

                               Credit Card Number:_________________________________________________
         The Emmaus Community of Pittsburgh does not                                                                                                     Britt Butler, Ruth Casey, and Gina Fichter show off
         discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious            Expiration Date:_____________________________________________________                              their derby hats at the 2008 Gala.
             creed, disability, ancestry, national origin,
                              age or sex.
             Newsletter design donated by Scott Fingal,
                                                                        Signature:___________________________________________________________          Watch for weekly e-mails regarding Emmaus happenings.
               Behar-Fingal.                             All proceeds benefit The Emmaus Community of Pittsburgh Foundation       If you would like to be added to the list send an e-mail
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                                                                                                                                                   Mission Statement
                                                                                                                                                                                                      RACE FOR THE CURE
                                                                                                    JOIN OUR MISSION NOW!                       The Emmaus Community of Pittsburgh is
                                                                                                                                              dedicated to providing residential homes for
                                                                                                     United Way Contributor                   persons with developmental disabilities and
                                                                                                          Choice #9123                         promoting public awareness of their needs.
                                                                                                   3 Rivers Combined Federal                     The Community, inspired by Faith and a
                                                                                                        Campaign #34738                         desire to help others, seeks to improve the
                                                                                                                                              quality of life for persons with developmental
                                                                                                  Gift Annuity – Life Insurance                disabilities. In living, working, and breaking
                                                                                                                                                 bread together, people with and without
                                                                                                      Please consider a gift in                   disabilities enjoy fellowship by sharing
                                                                                                    perpetuity for Emmaus by                   who they are and what they have with one
                                                                                                                                              another. Strengthened by its spirituality and
                                                                                                    providing a bequest in your               prayerful direction, the Community helps all
                                                                                                    Will. If guidance in doing                      members grow and become whole.
                                                                                                        so is needed, please                             To accomplish its mission,
                                                                                                                                                 The Emmaus Community works toward
                                                                                                        contact Lorraine at                                  the following goals:
                                                                                                                                               • To maintain the highest quality of care in
                                                                                                                                               residential homes that foster acceptance by
                   Jayne and Patty share a sunny summer afternoon at Emmaus House.                                                                             the community;
                                                                                                                                               • To create an environment where everyone
      HOME       –By Jayne Bishop                                                                                                                 can use their abilities and live to their
                                                                                                                                                             fullest potential;                                       The Emmaus Community team comes out to Race for the Cure
      From time to time during the past year,        relief, sometimes with trepidation, but    mately the place where you can be             • To educate the community about the needs
                                                                                                                                                of persons with developmental disabilities                                                   in Schenley Park on Mother’s Day.
      I have frequently found myself musing          almost always with regret. Hopefully       secure in who you are and know that
      over the concept of HOME. It may be            the institutional images evoked are        the gift of yourself is enough. These            and advocate for a productive response to
                                                                                                                                                             those needs; and
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Congratulations to Emmaus residents Amy Rollin, Gina Fichter, and Cece
      that this is a normal occurrence for us        mostly scenes from the past, but dread     are values that I find in this community      • To provide short-term respite opportunities           Wagner and staff members Kristy Buczynski, Tahnee Lewis, Kelly Stillwell,
      as we pass through times of transition         of the environment of a place called       of which I have so recently become a                   for families and individuals.                  Jackie Renk, Karen Jacobsen, Ruth Casey, and Tiffany Merriman-Preston on
      in our adult lives. These phases would         “The Home” is still very prevalent.        part. In grateful celebration, I realize                                                              completing the 2008 Race for the Cure, in honor of friends and loved ones
      include leaving our childhood home for                                                    that I also have come home to Emmaus.                                                                 affected by breast cancer. We especially honor Joan Witek, Emmaus
      college or career, getting married, the        Recently, I heard a woman of the                                                      CONGRATULATIONS                                            Community resident and survivor.
      birth of our first child, that child leaving   Emmaus Community firmly state to a                                                    Congratulations to the following staff
      our home, and our own ultimate transition      housemate, “This is my home! I’m not                                                  members who celebrate anniversaries
      into our Heavenly Home.                        going anywhere else.” She made this           Congratulations to Lorraine             with Emmaus April through July:                            DIRECT SUPPORT                          18th ANNUAL EMMAUS
                                                     statement while in the act of assisting          Wagner on receiving a
      My current contemplation has                                                                       2008 Program                      Gary Baughman ..............................5              PROFESSIONAL                            PENTECOST SOCIAL
                                                                                                                                           Lauren Bruce ...................................3
      undoubtedly been brought about by              with the preparation of their evening          Award from the National
                                                                                                                                           Britt Butler ..........................................3
                                                                                                                                                                                                      TRAINING OPPORTUNITY
      the decision of my Mother to leave her         meal, demonstrating her acceptance of          Apostolate for Inclusion                                                                          We are very pleased to announce
                                                                                                      Ministry for her work                Ruth Casey..........................................13
      hometown of 94 years and move into             her responsibility to help maintain this                                              Theresa Hufnagel ..............................13          that FISA Foundation has awarded
      a room in our small house. While I             home. It was obvious to me that this          with people with disabilities                                                                      Emmaus a $45,000 grant to support
                                                                                                                                           Tiffany Merriman-Preston ................5
      grieved the loss of a place to hang my         notion of “home” had been delivered to                                                Jackie Renk.........................................3      the creation of a Direct Support
      hat in the town of my childhood, she           her many times in repeated statements                                                 Veda Shepherd....................................5         Professional Education Program.
      made this move completely and easily           over the years by the founders and staff                                                                                                         Emmaus will partner with CCAC
      with no regrets. She is comfortable in         of the Emmaus Community until it has
                                                                                                 RESIDENT NEWS                             We have also welcomed Jayne Bishop,                        and other residential providers to
                                                                                                                                           Jessica Carlson, Sean Donoghue, Tom                        offer an 8-week training program
      her single room and has labeled that           become intrinsically a part of her. This    Congratulations to Patty Taylor,
                                                                                                                                           Page, Rose Traupman, Lynn Walls, Nicole                    and practicum for people interested
      one room her “home.” When finished             is not a transient place where she          who was awarded the 2008                                                                                                                        Denise Tedesco, Diane Wojdowski,
                                                                                                                                           Powell, Traci Phillips, and Mike Tomczak!                  in pursuing a career in the Direct
      with a meal at our kitchen table, she          sleeps, eats, and where someone takes       Celebration of Success Award                                                                                                                   and Jackie Renk lead the congo line
      says to her little dog, “Let’s go home,        care of her. This is her home! She has      for her lifetime of inspiration                                                                      Support field, which will educate
      Petey,” and he obediently goes down            a voice, a connection, a responsibility,    and achievement.
                                                                                                                                           SAVE THE DATE:                                             participants on the history, frame-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   at the Emmaus Pentecost Social.
      the hall to the door of that room.             and she belongs.                                                                      September 29, 2008                                         work, and important job skills of       On May 10th, 2008, Emmaus gathered
                                                                                                 Congratulations to Amy Rollin, who        13th Annual Emmaus Golf Outing.
      Using her walker, she contentedly                                                                                                                                                               direct support and prepare them for     to celebrate Pentecost with prayer,
                                                                                                 was nominated by Emmaus and
      follows him to their sanctuary.                I feel fortunate that, in my experience,                                              October 19, 2008                                           hire by a residential provider. For     dance, and food at our 18th Annual
                                                                                                 received a Wellness All-Star Award at
                                                     a home is a place where you are cher-                                                 Black and Gold Club Kick-off Party                         registration information, please call   Pentecost Social. As always, Emmaus
                                                                                                 the 2008 CCAC Wellness Expo.
      For some people, unfortunately, the            ished and nurtured, where you find                                                    and Steelers Raffle Drawing.                               412-381-0277.                           residents and friends showed us how to
      word home has had a more negative              spiritual sustenance and affirmation,       Congratulations to Frank and                                                                                                                 have a good time! Special thanks to
      and ominous connotation. We have all           where you can safely disagree and           Camille Crosby, for their outstanding                                                                                                        St. John Capistran Parish, for the use
      known persons termed old, frail,               express anger, where you err and            performance at the 2008 Steel Valley      JOIN THE TEAM!                                                                                     of their facilities, and to the families of
      infirm, or disabled who have had family        receive forgiveness, where your people      TAC Fashion Show on May 31st.             The Emmaus Community is currently                                                                  the MOMS group of St. Anne Parish,
      make statements such as “I finally had         celebrate your accomplishments and,                                                   hiring part-time Direct Support                                                                    for their third year of volunteering.
      to put her in a home.” Sometimes               when you fail, offer you comfort and                                                  Professionals, with the potential for
      these statements have been made with           encouragement to try again. It is ulti-                                               full-time hire. If interested, please call
                                                                                                                                           Jennifer Pavlisko at 412-381-0277.