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Challenge of Chess Prepares Kids for Life

Art class, book club, exercise group, and music therapy are just a few of the After School Programs our boys and girls can choose from at Mercy Home. These activities keep our kids active and learning after the school day is done. They help them build skills and introduce them to new passions. And sometimes they can help teach important life lessons.

Young People and Coworkers Team Up to Help Nepal

Recently, Nepal suffered its deadliest ever disasters: back-to-back major earthquakes that caused avalanches and landslides, claimed over 8,500 lives and destroyed more than 500,000 homes. Millions of people are in need of aid as the country tries to recover, despite a monsoon on the way.

Girls Take Dinner Etiquette Lessons

Etiquette lessonsFood isn’t always as simple as it looks. Going out to lunch with friends is easy enough—but what about formal dinner? How do you know whose glass is yours? What do you do with all that silverware? How do you politely get the server’s attention?

Those questions are especially important to our girls right now during prom season.

Kids Celebrate Each Other's Artistic Talents at STAND Release Party

Literary Magazine Release PartyMercy Home’s boys and girls gathered in the Girls Campus dining room to celebrate the release of this year’s STAND Magazine. The literary magazine comes out annually and is filled with Mercy Home kids’ poetry, short stories, essays, and artwork.

Friends First Hosts Game Show Day

Last Saturday, the Friends First Site-Based Program hosted their first Game Show Day!

Eighteen contestants participated in Friends First-themed versions of popular game shows like: The Newly Matched Game, Fear Factor, Family Feud, and Minute to Win It!

During the Newly Matched Game, matches were separated and asked questions about their partner’s favorite color, childhood dream job, etc.

Science Projects!

Our young scientists held an explosive science fair at Mercy Home. They spent their spring vacations outlining their research and getting ready to put the Scientific Method into action.

They each came up with an individual research topic and hypothesis to test, and they collected data to see what they’d find!

Francis Cardinal George

Rest in Peace, Francis Cardinal George
1937- 2015

It is with great sadness that we have all learned about the passing today of our Archbishop Emeritus, Francis Cardinal George, OMI. Cardinal George was called home to God this morning after a nine-year battle with cancer. He was 78.

A Stellar Variety Show in Sweet Home Chicago

Each year, Mercy Home’s Variety Show gets even better. Last Thursday’s event was no exception. The performances, the creativity and the support from the crowd were exceptional. The Variety Show is an opportunity for our boys and girls to cheer each other on as they showcase their talents. Performing in front of hundreds of peers is a scary thing.

Exploring Careers During Spring Break

Our young people spent their spring break exploring careers and learning valuable job skills!

They visited a graphic design studio, did practice interviews at a manufacturing corporation, took a professional communications workshop, had a session with a hospitality group, and more.

They did a terrific job using their time off to learn and grow!

Academy Kids of the Month

We would like to highlight some of the young men who were recognized for their accomplishments at school, at their jobs and in the Learning Center by the Hay Campus Academy team with “Youth of the Month” awards!

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