Mission: Mercy Home for Boys & Girls is a Catholic organization answering the Gospel call by ministering to children and families in need.
– Saves young lives by providing a safe, nurturing home, opportunity for an excellent education, and means for personal growth.
– Supports healing for families.
– Is committed to raising public awareness of youth in need and encourages support to help them.
– Is sustained by benefactors who believe in the miracle of God’s mercy in action.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 738 youth
Geographic areas served: Chicago and Northern Illinois
Programs: Adolescents from dysfunctional and chaotic homes continue to find shelter, hope and a fresh start in one or another of Mercy Home's 14 residential homes. The program is based upon a therapeutic milieu community to help youth permanently correct emotional, behavioral and cognitive barriers to healthy life development. Mercy Home provides these at-risk 11-to 21-year-olds with what generally is taken for granted: a healthy home, family atmosphere, food, clothing, education and medical assistance. From the home's professional staff, the children receive therapy tailored to their needs, along with key intangibles: a sense of belonging, security, moral and ethical values, and social responsibility.
What an amazing organization that truly affects the lives of so many young people in so many ways for so many years. My dad was at Mercy in the 40s, and we have now established a scholarship in his memory to continue to help young people in the same ways in which he was helped.