Mercy Home invites you to count down the days until Christmas with stories about our young people and about the holidays at Mercy Home. These stories are remarkable journeys from hurt to hope—journeys that are only made possible through your generous support and partnership in our mission.

So pour a mug of hot cocoa and enjoy these stories—some heartwarming, some tragic—but all of them filled with hope. As you read, know that your friendship is a gift to our kids, bringing them safety, healing and a loving Home for the holidays. Please consider sharing a gift today to make the Christmas season bright for each of our kids.

Tim's Essay

With our first kid of Christmas, we bring you a heartbreaking essay Tim wrote about struggling through the holidays before finding Mercy Home.

Estela's Story

Growing up, Estela was painfully shy. Being shy meant that she had no one could talk to.

Stacey's Story

Stacey remembers the night her mother was taken away. “I just wanted to call Mercy Home,” she says.

Julia's Story

From struggling at home with a mentally ill mother to being homeless on the streets, our third kid of Christmas introduces you to young Julia.

Edward's Story

“Grandma, why?” That’s the question Edward asked his grandmother when he heard gunshots outside their window.

A message from Fr. Scott

These incredible stories of triumph and hope are only made possible through generous donations from people just like you. Please open your heart to...

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