At the Hilton Chicago on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 Fr. Scott welcomed friends, coworkers, and supporters of our young people’s education to congratulate, celebrate, and honor Mercy Home’s graduating class of 2016. The road to graduation is difficult for many, and especially so for Mercy Home’s boys and girls. While keeping up with class assignments and studying for exams, our young people also overcame personal obstacles. The 14th annual Graduates’ Luncheon, hosted by our Leader Council, was the perfect way to recognize the dedication and perseverance of our young men and women.
Noha Home youth and 8th grade graduate De’Mere kicked off the event by introducing his fellow graduates, who were met with a standing ovation as they entered the ballroom.
Mercy Home Board of Regents member Jim Williams was next to the stage, reprising his role as the event’s emcee. After recognizing De’Mere’s academic accomplishments and welcoming the guests, Williams invited Mercy Home youth Andrew to the stage to help introduce Fr. Scott.
Fr. Scott shared his favorite word, mira—Spanish for “look”—with the audience, and asked the graduates to stand and mira—to look and see all of the love, kindness, and support that filled the room. He then expressed his deepest thanks to Mercy Home’s friends, coworkers, and board members who help shepherd our boys and girls through our doors and into our care.