St James Emmaus Ministry

Why you should consider making a donation and what it supports…

Road to Emmaus Ministry of Syracuse, Inc., is a 501 (c) 3 not for profit organization…

Your donation is exempt from IRS taxation.  EIN # 81-2536179

100% Volunteer Run • 100% Direct Donation

Your financial support helps bring the love of Christ to the most vulnerable, needy and isolated living in shelters, on the streets, under bridges and within the poorest neighborhoods in the city of Syracuse.  All involved in the ministry are volunteers from the Director on down!  One hundred percent of your donation goes to putting flesh to the Gospels through our corporal works of mercy. 

1,000 Hot Meals • 500 pairs of boots • 2,500 pairs of socks… 

Thousands of hot meals, soups and sandwiches are prepared at the St. Marianne Cope Center for Outreach and then served at the Catholic Charities Emergency Shelters for men and women; at Bishop Foery Foundation After School and Summer Programs throughout the year.  Coffee, donuts and orange juice are served at the shelters on all holiday mornings throughout the year; Christmas, New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Father’s Day, Labor Day and Thanksgiving Day.  Hundreds of popsicles are distributed from the Hope Mobile in the poor and depressed neighborhoods during the summer, while winter coats, hats, gloves, thermals are collected and distributed directly to the poor and homeless on the streets during the winter.  Over two thousand pairs of socks are given out every year!  Emmaus ministry distributes over five hundred pairs of winter boots and sneakers every year!

Cookouts • Luncheons • Summer Programs • Bike Giveaway…

Emmaus Ministry hosts a yearly Summer Sizzler Cookout on the city’s south side providing food, games, prizes and an eight-bicycle giveaway for hundreds living on the south side.  Pope Francis urges all to support and uphold the value of families and Emmaus does just that through this event.  Emmaus Ministry’s volunteer college interns conduct a summer program for the south side teens in which they learn through interactive activities, develop skills, confidence and the value of others. Emmaus’ Senior’s Ministry, which was started by a formerly homeless gentleman, reaches out to seniors living in local Christopher Community Housing.  Bingo, trivia games, Thanksgiving and Christmas luncheons are some ways Emmaus Ministry strives to honor the lives of our senior population. Emmaus Ministry values life, at all ages and within all conditions.

Service Retreats for: Confirmation Candidates • R.E. Students • Campus Ministries…

Lastly, Emmaus Ministry conducts numerous service retreat programs throughout the year.  Religious Education students, Confirmation candidates, college campus ministry students, families, work groups and agencies come to St. James Emmaus Ministry for direct “hands on” experiences that provide an eye to eye encounter with the poor and needy.  During the retreats, the participants learn more about the connection of our faith and service while understanding our call to discipleship.  Formerly homeless individuals, who are now Emmaus volunteers, offer insights to homelessness, addiction, crime, and witness to how God and people of service helped plant the seeds for their conversion.  

Emmaus Ministry depends solely on donations and the generosity of others.  Thank you for your support and the opportunity to continue to spread the Good News!

God bless,
Sheila Austin, R.N.
President Road to Emmaus Ministry of Syracuse, Inc.


Please make donations payable to: 
Road to Emmaus Ministry of Syracuse, Inc.
PO Box 15224
Syracuse, NY 13215


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