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Margaret and Emmaus

Emmaus Homes - Saturday, September 22, 2018


From an article in the 1999 Emmaus Annual Report

Her relationships with the men and women served by Emmaus Homes is what Margaret Schultz will treasure from her 27 years of service to the organization. "Working with the individual people at Emmaus and seeing them in various situations is what I appreciated the most about my time at Emmaus," remarks Margaret. "And, it's what I will miss the most."

Margaret retired as the Administrator of Emmaus in Marthasville on December 16, 1999, after 18 years in that position. Prior to that she served nine years as a clinical psychologist and supervised residential care as well as the programs being developed to benefit the people t Emmaus. Before coming to Emmaus, she had volunteered at the Marthasville campus for a year while working as a clinical psychologist at the Rolla Regional Center, an agency of the Department of Mental Health.

Margaret explains that she always knew about Emmaus because of her Aunt Emma, who has also given 20 years of service to Emmaus and raised her from infancy. At Emmaus, her aunt was known as Sister Emma Schultz, a Deaconess of the Evangelical Church. Margaret credits her aunt for helping her to develop such a positive attitude and sensitivity toward people with disabilities.

Margaret's list of accomplishments are as extensive as her service. During her tenure, she supervised the transition between dormitory living to more home-like living with the construction and opening of on-campus group homes. In addition, two group homes were opened in the parsonages at St. Peter's UCC in Washington, and Central UCC in Jefferson City. She also saw the opening of Emmaus' first individualized supported living arrangements where people from Emmaus live in the off-campus community by themselves or with one or two others while still receiving the necessary supports from Emmaus.

Day programs, which help the people served by Emmaus reach personal goals, were in their infancy early in Margaret's tenure, and she helped those develop into the vital programs they are today. For the people with disabilities who could and wished to work, she supported TEMCO, a sheltered workshop located near the Marthasville office.

The chronology of Margaret's time at Emmaus is important but what is most important is how she touched the lives of the people served by Emmaus. For example, it was not unusual for her to drive a van around campus and pick up the clients who wished to attend Sunday chapel services but couldn't walk the hill. Before the wheelchair accessible entrance was built, she helped carry many of them into chapel.

Margaret took the time to listen as the people of Emmaus would tell her about their day, express their concerns about a current event, or share their anxieties. She was there to hold hands or give hugs when they were sad, scared or sick. Margaret took the time to be a counselor and a friend to all that came to be with Emmaus.

"Emmaus and the people it serves have become a large part of me over the years," reflects Margaret. "I know I'll miss them and I'll always remember them."


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