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Causes: Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Human Services

Mission: The Emmaus Community of Pittsburgh is dedicated to providing residential homes for persons with intellectual disabilities and promoting public awareness of their needs. 
The Community, inspired by Faith and a desire to help others, seeks to improve the quality of life for persons with developmental disabilities. In living, working, and breaking bread together, people with and without disabilities enjoy fellowship by sharing who they are and what they have with one another. Strengthened by its spirituality and prayerful direction, the Community helps all members grow and become whole.            
To accomplish its mission, The Emmaus Community works toward the following goals:

• To maintain the highest quality of care in residential homes that foster acceptance by the community;

• To create an environment where everyone can use their abilities and live to their fullest potential;

• To educate the community about the needs of persons with developmental disabilities and advocate for a productive response to those needs; and

• To provide short-term respite opportunities for families and individuals.


Results: We have been dedicated to our mission of providing permanent homes and respite care to individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism and promoting the public awareness of their needs for more than 25 years.

Target demographics: Individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities and autism

Direct beneficiaries per year: We currently provide services to individuals living in 9 permanent homes, which operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We have also provided more than 13,000 units of service to individuals in need of non-residential services, in their homes and in the community.

Geographic areas served: Pittsburgh region


  • Emmaus currently operates nine permanent homes serving individuals with intellectual disabilities and offers non-residential services in individuals' homes and in the community. Emmaus is licensed by the State Office of Developmental Programs and is monitored by the Allegheny County Office of Intellectual and Developmental Disability Services.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have the privilege of being a member of Emmaus since before it officially came into existence. I have seen us grow from one group home to seven, with more to come. The residents are happy, and their abilities are strengthened through a loving and caring full time staff at each residence. Family and friends are encouraged to visit the residents at any time. Contact Emmaus at: 412-381-9551 to learn more, or to arrange a visit at one of our group homes.

Review from The Pittsburgh Foundation

Sherri D.


Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Emmaus for 5 years. My husband and I visit with the residents, and do crafts together. We also have shared many meals together. We also spend every Christmas morning with 3 residents who do not have family to go home to visit during the holiday. Christmas morning is so very special to us. My husband, being an ex-chef, cooks a very special breakfast for all of us. There is a special bond between those residents, the staff and us because it is such a special day.

I also have been working at Emmaus for a year and a half, since then, my mother works as a Direct Support Person and my husband joined Emmaus in October. Words can not describe how special it is to share a Community which you love with the two most important people in my life.

We both also are donors to Emmaus, because we feel so strong about supporting it's mission in every way we can. The Emmaus Community of Pittsburgh has touched our lives and is such an important part of our life, I could not imagine sharing my life without the community.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The residents look very happy at the Emmaus Community. What a great non-profit! Serving and advocating for people with intellectual disabilities, you have done a fine job!


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I initially came to this organization not realizing how it would become a part of my life. I was looking for a part-time job while I completed graduate school. As the sibling of an individual with an intellectual disability, I was drawn to the organization's mission. Now, many years later, I am still here and am continually awed by the dedication of the Emmaus Community. It is a true community. Our residents are at the heart of the work we do, the roots of the organization (it was started by a couple who had a child with an intellectual disability) continue to shape its philosophy of care and respect, and as it continues to grow, I have great faith in its future. These are the kind of people I would want to care for my own sister, if our family were not able, and I encourage anyone and everyone to learn more about the Emmaus Community. There is a place for everyone, be it as a volunteer, a donor, or a staff member. Please call to learn more about what we do! We would be glad to take you on a tour!