Awards & Honors

Awards & Honors

Emmaus and its staff members have been recognized by numerous organizations over the years acknowledging their work with and on behalf of persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities.

Many of the residents of Emmaus have also been recognized, both for their personal growth and their participation in the community.

2013  Emmaus CFO Margaret Pollock was chosen as a finalist for the Pittsburgh Business Times’ 2013 “CFO of the Year” award.

2013 –   The Emmaus  Community was rated as the region’s #10 Top Workplace by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the highest ranked non-profit in the Small Business category, and received the #1 ranking for Workplace with the Strongest Ethics and Values.

2012 – The Emmaus Community was rated as the region’s #11 Top Workplace by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the highest ranked non-profit in the Small Business category.

2012 – Kelly Stillwell, Director of Developmental Programs, was selected as the winner of the Ken Wagner Award for Outstanding Service for her commitment to bettering the lives of people with intellectual disabilities.

2012 – Emmaus resident Charlie Glaser received the Celebration of Success Award, which honors individuals with intellectual disabilities for their lifetime achievements, both in the areas of personal growth and contributions to the community.

2012 – Joycelyn Harper and Sara Stillwell, Direct Support Professionals, were awarded the Kuem Rye Park Memorial Award for their dedication in the field of Direct Support.

2012 – Karen Jacobsen, Executive Director, was selected as a winner of the 2012 Women in Business Awards by the Pittsburgh Business Times for exceptional leadership, non-profit growth and development, and involvement in the community.

2011 – Emmaus employees rated the Emmaus Community as one the Top Workplaces in Pittsburgh in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

2011 – Emmaus resident Michele Benasutti received the Celebration of Success Award.

2011 – Emmaus resident Diane Wojdowski, was recognized by Ohio Valley General Hospital for completing 6,000 hours of volunteer work at the hospital over the course of more than twenty years as a volunteer.

2010 – Shauna Casey and Sean Donoghue, Direct Support Professionals, were awarded the Kuem Rye Park Memorial Award for their dedication in the field of Direct Support.

2010 – Emmaus resident Camille Crosby received the Celebration of Success Award.

2009 – Emmaus received The Employer Award for excellence and partnership in creating employment opportunities for Pennsylvania Clubhouse Members from the Pennsylvania Clubhouse Coalition.

2009 – Emmaus was recognized by the Liberty Place Clubhouse for providing employment opportunities for individuals in the Transitional Employment Program.

2009 – Emmaus resident Joan Witek received the Celebration of Success Award.

2008 – Founders Lorraine and Ken Wagner were honored with the This Town Would be Different Without… Award from Mt. Lebanon Magazine for their lifetime achievements working to support people with intellectual disabilities and found the Emmaus Community.

2008 – Former Executive Director Lorraine Wagner received an award for her Leadership, Professional Skills, Faith and Kindness in Serving Persons with Special Needs from the National Apostolate for Inclusion Ministry.

2008 – Emmaus resident Patty Taylor received the Celebration of Success Award.

2005 – Emmaus was recognized by City Council with a formal “Proclamation” for its “outstanding level of commitment to each and every resident in the organization’s care.”

2001 – Co-Founders Lorraine and Ken Wagner were honored by the President of La Roche College at the “Thanksgiving Tuesday Awards Ceremony” for their work with Emmaus.

2000 – Ken and Lorraine Wagner received the “Family of the Year” Award from ARC Allegheny and the Knights of Columbus.

2000 – The Emmaus Community received the “Humanitarian Award” from United Cerebral Palsy.

2000 – Emmaus received the “Program Award” from the National Apostolate of Inclusion Ministry.

2000 – The Pittsburgh History and Landmark Foundation bestowed the “Merit Award” for the renovation of its Respite Center and offices.