D'Youville Center Partner
Emmaus’ D’Youville Center for Social Justice encompasses the Emmaus Food Bank, the Empowerment Project and the Emmaus Explorers Program.
Emmaus is seeking financial support for the D’Youville Center so that it can continue to provide the three critical programs under its umbrella:
The Emmaus Food and Donation Distribution Center: Provides non-perishable and fresh food, toiletries and personal care items to more than 20 families each week. Last year over 125 households utilized our food bank. Many of our older adults who receive very limited food stamp benefits ($15 - $20 per month) shop at the food bank on a weekly basis. Without this service, their nutritional needs would not be met.
Parent Empowerment Project: Provides programs designed to help parents (mostly women) living in the Emmaus Family Shelter, Emmaus apartments, and out in the community build self-esteem, gain job and life skills, (resume writing, budgeting, housing searches) and define their aspirations so that they can achieve economic and emotional self-sufficiency and better provide for their families.
Emmaus Explorers: Since the summer of 2015, the Emmaus Explorers program has provided a safe space for school-aged children in our Family Shelter to go after school and in the summer (3 days per week). Children receive help with their homework, learn through fun activities and participate in family enrichment nights and field trips. 167 children and 124 families have participated in four, 6 – 8 week program terms since summer 2015.