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. Read more

Cash or Check Donation

Steven Amrhein - Monday, February 05, 2018

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Soul of the Mission - Harmon Foundation

Hailey Kintz - Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Ray and Grace Harmon grew up in Saint Charles. Their business, First Foto/Growing Family, was, and still is headquartered in Saint Charles. Giving back to the community that has supported their success is an extension of their commitment to Saint Charles.

The Raymond and Grace Harmon Charitable Foundation began providing grants to non-profits in Saint Charles in 2002, and Emmaus Homes, Inc. has received grants every year since 2004. The Board of Directors, most of whom are direct descendants of Ray and Grace, is charged with seeking out deserving non-profits that provide services in the areas of Health Care, Education, Social Services, and Religion. Emmaus Homes’ grants have fallen within most of those categories.

Unsolicited grant requests are not accepted by the Foundation for one very important reason. One of the objectives of creating the Foundation was to encourage and teach the trustees how to give money away so that it can do the most good in the community. That requires trustees to seek out, analyze, and truly get to know potential recipient organizations. Then it is the responsibility of each trustee to advocate for those organizations when it is time to vote on annual grants.

There are three generations of Harmon family members currently on the Board, along with several non-family members. Their interests in and devotion to organizations in Saint Charles ensures that the grants, large and small, go to a wide variety of non-profit efforts. Among the recipients are Lindenwood University, SSM Health, Family Advocacy and Community Training, New Hope Presbyterian Church, First Step Back Home, Youth in Need, and many others.

When considering potential grants, one of the objectives is to help the most people for the longest period of time. Emmaus Homes has received restricted grants to build a fully accessible kitchen, to modify homes as clients have transitioned from campus to community, for training of Emmaus employees, and for home furnishings and appliances. The trustees unanimously agree that Emmaus is an organization “that we can really wrap our hearts around”.

The Raymond and Grace Harmon Charitable Foundation makes a quiet effort in Saint Charles to give back to the community in which the family has grown and thrived.


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