The girls home quickly grew. By January 1989, full capacity was reached with 12 youth. In 1991, the campus expanded its services by opening another program, eventually housing another group of 12. The girls home expanded twice more—first in 1995, with a program for younger girls and again in 1998 with a home to prepare older girls as they transitioned to more independent living.
In 2002, all four programs were named in honor of those who paved the way for us to establish the girls home. The original program, housed inside the former Walgreen mansion, was renamed in honor of the family whose donation of the property made our dream of opening a girls home a reality. The second program was named after Sister Theresa Couderc, founder of the Sisters of the Cenacle. The next two programs were named after Mother Elizabeth Ann Seton, who established the first Catholic orphanage, and for the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin.
In 2015, the site was officially named the Margaret Walsh Campus. Walsh, who passed away in 2004, was a lifelong resident of the Beverly community and career teacher in Chicago Public Schools. She was a generous benefactor of the Cenacle and a regular visitor.
Her sons Dan and Matt – founders of The Walsh Group construction company – along with their families, are longtime supporters of Mercy Home. The Walsh Campus name is a tribute to Margaret’s lifelong commitment to empowering children through education and a recognition of the Walsh family’s loyalty to Mercy Home’s mission.