Showing Mercy for 10 Years After Hurricane Katrina

Ten years ago today, Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Louisiana and went on to devastate communities along the Gulf Coast. In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the Mercy Home family reached out to help in any way it could. As they did later following disasters in Haiti and Japan, our young people held bake sales and other fundraisers to aid relief efforts.

Tutoring at Mercy Home: A Win-Win

Here at Mercy Home, our kids meet with tutors four nights a week to get a handle on their studies and get caught up.

Young Women Help Build a Home

A group of our young women spent a week in Elizabethtown, Kentucky building a home, painting, making meals, and doing everything they could to help a community.

Earlier this summer, our girls worked with representatives from Walsh construction to prepare for their trip. They practiced using the tools they’d need and learned about worksite safety.

Summer Enrichment Competency Fair

Last week, Fr. Scott and coworkers from all over the agency gathered in the Board of Regents for our boys’ Summer Enrichment Competency Fair. The room was full of homemade roller coasters, machines and posters, which our young men have been preparing all summer long.

Summertime at Mercy Home

When summertime arrives at Mercy Home, you can feel the energy building around our hallways. Our boys and girls know they’ll have the chance to spend their summer learning, growing, and being kids.

Fr. Scott Joins Men’s Barbecue at Girls Campus

Last week, a group of male coworkers joined our young women for a summer barbecue.

Once each month, they visit the Girls Campus for a dinner—a tradition that helps expose our young women to positive male role models.

Service and Culture in New Orleans

Recently, our AfterCare members went on an unforgettable community service trip to New Orleans. The week was a chance for the group to come together as an AfterCare community, to give back, and to have a unique cultural experience.

I learned that I have a good heart,” said AfterCare member Aliyah.

Chicago’s Greatest Disaster Remembered 100 years later

The SS Eastland lies on its side in the Chicago RiverUndeterred by a light rain that fell on this day, 100 years ago, about 5,000 family members of Western Electric employees gathered by the Chicago River to board five excursion boats. The vessels had been chartered to ferry passengers across Lake Michigan to a site in Indiana for a company picnic.

Celebrating Recovery

Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC, is an international speaker and author and a member of the faculty of the Addictions Studies Program at Governors State University. Sanders is Mercy Home’s consulting drug and alcohol counselor and he helps our young men and women make positive, healthy choices and change their lives.

An Uplifting Retreat

This year’s summer spiritual retreat for our boys was themed, “My Brother’s Keeper.” The weekend, held at La Salle Manor in Plano, IL, was full of activities encouraging positive interaction, teamwork and affirmation.

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