WELCOMING THE STRANGER: "were not our hearts buring within us while he talked with us on the road and opend the Srcirptures to us." Luke 24: 13-35
Emmaus is our homeless and working poor outreach ministry. The largest of which is our Thursday homeless meal program. For over 25 years St. Paul’s has been serving a hot meal to fellow brothers and sisters in need of a meal, every Thursday. In the spirit of welcoming a stranger, we serve approximately 200 guests each week. Church partners in the Downtown Communities Ministries serve other days of the week.
We partner with Liberation Veteran Services to serve a hot dinner to our homeless veteran brothers of the 4th Sunday of each month. The Emmaus ministry also involves a small medical needs food pantry for those individuals who have a medical concern and are in need of food.
Over the several years we have had our Emmaus program, St. Paul’s has been able to develop partnerships with local area organizations such as RDSS (Richmond Department of Social Services), RBHA (Richmond Behavioral Health Authority), Daily Planet, VA (Veterans Affairs) to provide services to our guests.
We work closely with Homeward, the planning and coordinating organization for homeless services in the greater Richmond area, hosting their Point-in-Time count twice a year. In addition we host the Homeless Memorial service with them each year, in remembering our homeless brothers and sisters who have passed away within that year.
How to get involved
- Volunteer at Thursday lunch
- Volunteer with veteran meal program
- Make donations to the food pantry
- Make donations of toiletries for lunch guests
If you are interested in learning more about the Emmaus Ministry, or want to volunteer, contact Hana Yun, 643-3589 x 5416