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MERCY COMMUNITIES INC
November 19, 2010

I recently joined the Clinical Advisory Board and attended my first meeting earlier this month. I was immediately impressed with the the way the director and the counselors and social workers there combined a deep sense of caring with a high degree of professionalism. The MERCY employees and director know the landscape of available services, know the population they serve and know how to collaborate with other professionals to bring about the best results possible. It was truly inspiring to take part in this results-oriented meeting.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

their presence in the community for young women with children who are homeless. When I was a counselor at Family Service Center several years ago I had a young woman who had left home with her two children due to domestic violence. I was so grateful to be able to refer her to MERCY. I knew MERCY would help her get a new start for herself and her children.

Ways to make it better...

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find more resources for them. They need more service infrastructure to support their work, such as transportation support. I am not familiar enough yet with the organization to make further comments on this.

MY ROLE:
Board Member & I offered my opinion as to the nature of problems one program recipient was having, and suggested a possible avenue to explore for support. I also offered my pro-bono counseling services to MERCY clients who may benifit from attachment-oriented ocunseli.