University Students: Winnipeg is a city with a variety of Universities: University of Manitoba (U of M), University of Winnipeg (U of W), Menno Simons College, Canadian Mennonite University (CMU), Red River College, etc. Emmaus House community is not specifically catering to any particular university. Students coming to Winnipeg from rural areas or from out of province may not be comfortable with a public university dorm arrangement. Sometimes students have not identified others with whom they can rent a house, or it may be daunting to “set-up” off-campus living. However, first year students at CMU are encouraged to discover the residential community on-campus before considering Emmaus House because of the shared values and vibrant options provided in the on-campus residential experience at CMU.
Emmaus House has room for 10 students to stay for the Fall/Spring Semester and/or summer months. This is not a “rooming house” or a “room and board” with a host family. This is a community – a large family of adults who have voluntarily chosen to live together, support each other and share the housekeeping. Ultimately students can enjoy community without shouldering full responsibility or isolation of “off campus” living. This is a place for students who are willing to engage in the "giving and receiving" of living in a community that intentionally support each other spiritually, academically, in lives of service, healthy living and vibrant relationships. The presence of the coordinators living on-site provides mentoring opportunities and dedicated oversight to the goals and operations of the household. If you can see yourself thriving in this environment, this may be the choice for you!
COORDINATORS - Rod & Susan Reynar In 29 years together, we have created “home” and found community internationally while serving with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), in the U.S. as students and on the Canadian prairies as professionals. In summer of 2013, we moved to Winnipeg from Olds, Alberta with our two daughters and two golden retrievers (and a cockatiel). Rod is an Educational Sociologist (PhD) with a passion for rural life. He currently volunteers at CMU. Susan’s background as a Home Economist has found expression in her community work through MCC and through local non-profits. Although our journey has been altered by Rod’s constant physical pain, we have chosen to live life with tenacious spirits of hospitality, faith, hope, humour, compassion and grace – inspired by and in honour of family and community. To read more about our unique and challenging journey through life, see the following article: http://www.canadianmennonite.org/articles/where-god
Local Supporters As we have been planning for Emmaus House, it has been important and valuable to explore our ideas with local people who have a vested interest in supporting young adults in their Christian faith development and who are also rooted in Winnipeg. Among the many people that we have shared this vision with, the following people have been consulted at different points in the process and have been supportive in the development of what has become Emmaus House: Norm Voth (Mennonite Church Manitoba), Mark von Kampen (University of Manitoba Mennonite Chaplain), Jessica Erb and Matthew Veith (CMU Residential Staff) and many others. If you would like to support Emmaus House in any way (donations, ideas, financial support), please contact us.
THANK YOU to: CASANA FURNITURE: http://casanafurniture.com for the generous donation of bedroom furniture for the third floor double room! The girls in this room LOVE their bedroom! ART and LEONA DE FEHR: for the generous personal donation of patio furniture.