Emmaus Blog

50 Years with Lee

Emmaus Homes - Monday, May 28, 2018

Lee has been part of Emmaus’ story for more than 50 years. Lee’s family, or “her people” as she calls them, needed support for her care after her mother passed away. It was then, in 1967, that Lee moved to the Emmaus Homes campus in Marthasville. “When I first came I was scared…until I got to know everyone. Then it was fun,” Lee says.

Now at age 85, Lee has seen our services expand and she’s grown right along with us. Lee has lived in three different homes on the Marthasville campus, and now she is preparing to move to a home in the community. When asked about moving Lee says, “I don’t mind. The home is beautiful.” She’s looking forward to painting her room baby blue. “I’m the oldest, so I get the master bedroom,” she says with a twinkle in her eye.
 
Lee takes pride in having kept her various homes tidy over the years. “I would rake all the leaves and dust the furniture.” Now that she’s in her golden years, Lee maintains her health by faithfully riding her stationary bike twice a day. She also enjoys country music, especially Charlie Pride. Lee’s family means a lot to her and she also loves her best friend and housemate, Evie. Lee says, “I’m the mother hen. I read to her and she’ll ask me to scratch her back.” Lee, Evie and a third housemate Joyce, will all remain together in their new home.

In thinking back over the past 50 years, Lee fondly recalls several staff who worked with her before their retirement. Current Emmaus team member, Suzy, has been with the ladies for more than 25 years and will continue to support them after they move to their new home. It turns out that this transition marks a new chapter in Suzy’s life as well. Suzy has lived on the Marthasville campus for many years, which provided a wonderful environment for her and her husband to raise their children. Now, as an empty nester, Suzy is preparing to move to her own home in the community. “The time has come to move on,” Suzy says. “As long as I can keep my two dogs with me, I’ll be fine.”
 
As we approach our 125th anniversary and, like Lee and Suzy, we reflect on our history, we take pride that Emmaus Homes has always been a leader in serving people with developmental disabilities by creating the highest standard of care. Our clients, like Lee and many others, are our family.
 
Will you join Emmaus as we continue to serve Lee and more than 300 other clients? Government funding helps to subsidize our services, however programs such as pastoral care and recreational activities are funded through generous donors like you. Our ability to remain on the cutting edge of care and to provide the very highest quality of life for our clients depends on your support. The average gift is $100, but whatever your part is, we ask you to give today.
 
Your support is vital to our mission and ministry. Thank you in advance for giving so Emmaus can continue our legacy of care.

 

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