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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.

Dinner and Inspiration with Chris Gardner

Chris Gardner, Entrepreneur, Author, Philanthropist and CEO of HAPPYNESS, is a familiar face at Mercy Home. Not only does he visit our Hay Campus every year to help serve Thanksgiving dinner, he began the tradition of inviting our boys and girls to his home for a fun and inspiring summer night.

Fr. Scott Welcomes South Korean Seminarians

Mercy Home recently welcomed a visit from faculty and students of Divinity and Social Welfare at Hanil University and Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Wanju, South Korea. The group was in Chicago under the auspices of Indiana State University’s Department of Social Work. The purpose of their visit was to learn about how faith-based social services fit into the American system of social welfare.

2014-2015 MercyWorks Volunteers Say Goodbye at Closing Ceremony

On Wednesday evening at the MercyWorks Closing Ceremony, our 2014-2015 MercyWorks volunteers celebrated their last week at Mercy Home after a fruitful year of service. The ceremony included a goodbye Mass, dinner, and program celebrating the volunteers’ accomplishments.

Extended Family Gathers at AfterCare-Friends First Annual Picnic

Last Saturday our AfterCare and Friends First programs joined forces for our annual combined summer picnic. There was food, games, face painting, and lots of music for our mentoring matches and former residents to enjoy on the sunny afternoon.

The picnic also marked a very special day: AfterCare Program Manager Heather Bland’s last day at Mercy Home. Daniel Nelson offered a few kind words on her behalf to mark the event.

Tyler Flowers Announces Flow’s Buds Partnership

Last week, Tyler Flowers, starting catcher for the White Sox, and his wife Nancy launched "Flow's Buds," a community program with Mercy Home for Boys & Girls.

Mercy Home All-Stars Honored at Academy Awards

Mercy Home held our annual Academy Awards banquet—a special celebration where we look back at a year of hard work and growth, and recognize our boys and girls for their accomplishments.

Coworkers took the microphone to talk about our kids’ progress of the course of the academic year and to present every young person with a unique award. Here are just a few examples:

Girls Prepare to Build a Home with Walsh Construction

This August, our young women will travel to Elizabethtown, KY to help build a house with Habitat for Humanity. To help them prepare for their service trip, three representatives from Walsh Construction; Tim Hogan, Jon Olsen, and Crystal Chavez, came to our Girls Campus and taught our girls about construction and worksite safety.

Christmas Mass at Mercy Home Wins Telly Award

Archbishop Cupich Celebrates Award-Winning Christmas Mass

The Telly Awards named Big Guys & Friends Media, the group that produces our Sunday Mass program, as a bronze winner in the 35th annual Telly Awards for our “Christmas Mass at Mercy Home.”

Mercy Home Hosts Annual Women’s Retreat

Recently, the Family Events Committee hosted its annual Women’s Retreat. This year’s event was called, “Strength along life’s journey.”

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