About Us

Mercy Home for Boys & Girls has been a solution for kids in crisis since 1887.

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Mercy Home provides kids in crisis with the support and guidance they need to realize their own potential and make positive decisions.  Whether living full time at Mercy Home, participating in activities with other former residents through our AfterCare program, or spending a few hours a month with a positive adult role model, young people have many opportunities at Mercy Home to build successful futures.

Learn more about our programs for young people:

Admissions   Our admissions program helps ensure that Mercy Home is the most appropriate option for a child, and helps tailor a program of treatment.  We can also provide referrals to more suitable settings or to other resources to get a child the help he or she needs. Refer a child.

Residential   This program provides kids in crisis with a safe, structured environment 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, where they can begin to heal and work toward a positive future.

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Education    Our academic programs, which range from assessment testing, individualized school placement, college prep and career counseling, help our kids catch up in school and find the confidence and discipline they need for lasting success.

AfterCare   A program that provides continued connection to Mercy Home for former residents, AfterCare helps ensure youth make successful transitions back into the community and continue to build on the progress made while living at Mercy Home.

Friends First   This volunteer-based program provides local youth, living outside of Mercy Home, with positive adult mentors and role models from the Chicago area.

Read about some of the youth involved in Mercy Home’s programs.

Mercy Home also offers Sunday Mass, a weekly televised Mass that reaches out to the homebound living in the Chicago area.  We host The Mission Press, a full-service printing and marketing resource.  And we also run Mercy Beaucoup!, a high-end resale shop that supports our mission and provides job training opportunities for our young people.

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