The Emmaus Story Our service is inspired by the story in the New Testament in the book of Luke. Shortly after the agonizing and public death of Jesus at the hands of the Romans, two of his followers in the throes of grief and despair, make their way towards the town of Emmaus. The name ‘Emmaus’ has two meanings: the place of the obscure and despised; and ‘warm springs’, implying healing waters. As they walk down the dusty road, a man suddenly appears beside them. It is risen Jesus who listens and encourages them, ultimately bringing them to a place of hope and purpose.
Throughout the Santa Clara Valley there are tens of thousands of young people with disabilities. In this population are teens and young adults who long for friendships, purpose, independence, and a way contribute to their communities through work and volunteering.
At Emmaus, our first objective is to come alongside these young people on their journeys to provide encouragement through friendships, leadership training, and help them to build a vision for their lives into adulthood. Our second objective is to provide a vision, consulting support and pragmatic training and programing for youth ministers who desire to be inclusive in their ministries. Finally, we aim to provide inspiration and encouragement to communities of faith through speaking engagements and workshops.