14993BeharFingalNews 7/16/08 3:03 PM Page 1 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 GoodSearch.com 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:__________________________________________________ www.TheEmmausCommuntiyOfPgh.com 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. www.behar-fingal.com All proceeds benefit The Emmaus Community of Pittsburgh Foundation If you would like to be added to the list send an e-mail to EmmausCommPgh@aol.com 14993BeharFingalNews 7/16/08 3:03 PM Page 2 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: 412-381-0277. • 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.