Emmaus Services for the Aging
Emmaus Services for the Aging

"Emmaus Services for the Aging is one of the most dependable agencies in the area, providing care with compassion and dedication. It has strong ties to the other service agencies, the religious community and the private sector. Bread for the City supports Emmaus’s tireless efforts to bring services and comfort to our senior population. We are proud to be in partnership with this wonderful and reliable organization."

George A. Jones
Executive Director, Bread for the City

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Emmaus Mission
Emmaus Services for the Aging (pronounced ee-MAY-us)
reaches out to build trust with seniors
to provide support, advocacy and services that help them remain active, respected,
and independent members of the community.

Who We Are What we doFlemming Center RentalAbout Dr. Flemming

Emmaus LogoLogo:
Our heart-shaped logo was designed by a volunteer, Gabriele Crisler. One interpretation of it would be that the inward journey of personal fulfillment and the outward journey of social justice are the same journey.


Who We Are:
Emmaus Services for the Aging (pronounced ee-MAY-us) was founded in 1978 by a coalition of five faith communities to provide a variety of services to low-income seniors in Washington, DC. Emmaus is an incorporated 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Visit this page to learn about our staff and Board of Directors. Check out the story from WUSA 9 featuring Emmaus and our own Sam Kilpatrick!

What We Do:
We coordinate more than 700 volunteers a year who assist Emmaus with the following programs and services for seniors age 60+ in Washington, D.C.:


  • Eviction prevention and housing advocacy
  • Help with government and private aid applications like food stamps and reduced cost utilities
  • Legal advice through Legal Counsel for the Elderly, an AARP Foundation project
  • Advocacy for seniors in long-term care facilities through DC Long Term Care Ombudsman Program

Food Assistance

  • Monthly supplemental food delivery
  • Feast for All Senior Food Market

Health & Wellness

  • Reassurance calls and visits from a compassionate volunteer
  • Confidential visits from a licensed social worker
  • Exercise and nutrition programs
  • Health screenings, prescription drug advice, blood pressure checks
  • Health Workshops

Senior Activities & Programs

  • CyberSeniors Computer Training (in collaboration with SeniorNet & HRC Foundation)
  • Doula to Accompany and Comfort Program for seniors with serious illnesses
  • Holiday Events (Thanksgiving meal delivery, Annual Holiday Party, Holiday Gift Delivery)
  • Enriching classes & field trips

Flemming Center Rental Info:

  • We have a lovely Community Room and Library; perfect for small gatherings and meetings that can be reserved on an hourly basis for an operating fee! Please contact Arlene Collins or call (202)745-1200 x411 to rent space or take a tour of the facility. Click here to view the room reservation schedule.
  • OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE NOW FOR RENT - click here for details.

    About Dr. Flemming:
    Dr. Arthur S. Flemming was Secretary of Health, Education & Welfare in the Eisenhower Administration and an important force in the shaping of Social Security policy for more than four decades. Dr. Flemming's government career began in 1939 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed him to the U.S. Civil Service Commission.
    He was a member of the Hoover Commission which studied the organization of the federal government in the late 1940s and early 1950s.

    The President of three universities, Dr. Flemming was the Chairman of the White House Conference on Aging in 1971 and was appointed U.S. Commissioner on Aging by President Nixon. Dr. Flemming was also a co-founder of the Save Our Security coalition, a Social Security advocacy group. In 1978 he founded Emmaus Services for the Aging in conjunction with leaders from five downtown congregations.

    He was the recipient of two Presidential Medals of Freedom, one in 1957 from President Eisenhower and the second one bestowed on him in 1994 by President Clinton. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Donna Shalala, said of Flemming: "He was one of the great intellects of social policy, combining extraordinary knowledge with a rare gift for policy-making."

    Please visit this link to read more about our founder and hear a speech he gave at the 25th anniversary celebration of the Social Security Act!

  • 1426 9th Street, N.W. • Washington, DC 20001-3344
    (202) 745-1200 • Fax: (202) 745-1246