Last Thursday marked the start of Job Lab, a weekly tutoring session held throughout the school year that provides instruction to our young men to help them prepare for success as future professionals. This school year’s Job Lab began with a guest panel of Target managers and an owner of several 7/11 franchises, all hosted by Manager of Career Resources Steve Ritzema.
Earlier this year, 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,” celebrated by Archbishop Blase Cupich right here in the Our Lady of Mercy Chapel.
The Telly Awards honors the very best in film and video. Entries are judged by a panel of 500 industry professionals.
On Sunday, September 20, our young women — from Seton, Walgreen and Couderc Homes — participated in the 5th annual Dawn Brancheau Dream Big Walk. The Dawn Brancheau Foundation has been incredibly supportive of our young women, especially through their support of the garden.
Our young people had a terrific summer of professional internship experiences. Their employers gave wonderful feedback about their professionalism, willingness to learn, and positive attitudes. The employers watched them grow throughout the summer and were grateful for all their work.
Last Thursday, our Hay Campus cafeteria was decorated with signs, balloons, and four birthday thrones. We were celebrating all of our young men with September birthdays—kicking off a new monthly tradition.
Last week, Mercy Home hosted its annual Employer Appreciation Dinner here at our Hay Boys Campus. Our young people spend their summer having professional internship experiences all around the city of Chicago. At banks, businesses, hospitals, newspapers and more, they learn about professional culture, build their skills and confidence, and discover new interests and career paths.
This past Saturday, Friends First began its 3rd year of its site-based program, which brings mentors and mentees here to Mercy Home. Father Scott, Tom Gilardi and Friends First coworkers welcomed mentors, mentees and families to Mercy Home to kick off another great year of programming.