There was only one opinion that really mattered to Will—his brother’s. For as long as Will could remember, he idolized everything his brother did. His brother played an especially large role in Will’s life because their parents were so absent. Their dad was in jail due to his involvement in a gang and their mother […]
About Christa Rooks
Christa Rooks is the Communications Coordinator at Mercy Home for Boys & Girls. Christa was previously the editor of a weekly newspaper on the North Shore of Chicago, where she covered everything local news. When not writing, she can be found declaring her love for Diet Coke to anyone who will listen.
Entries by Christa Rooks
Self-isolating and social distancing provide challenges for all of us. Even so, there are important life lessons to instill in your children during this period.
Because of the pandemic, Mercy Home’s young women were unable to attend their proms. Instead, we brought the prom to them, creating special, lifelong memories.
Summertime gives kids a much-deserved rest from their schoolwork. However, sometimes this can lead kids into the pitfall of having too much free time. COVID-19 makes this time even trickier, because many of our favorite summer activities are limited due to the need for social distancing. With that in mind, we’ve come up with five […]
Cynthia Velasquez has a passion for social work. And while helping others is something that has been close to her heart for many years, it was her time at Mercy Home that helped her hone her skills and solidify that it was the right path for her. Cynthia graduated from Dominican University with a degree […]
There was nothing 12-year-old Anthony loved more than going fishing with his grandfather in the summer. It was their special thing. On weekends, they’d rise before dawn, tiptoe out of the house—careful not to wake Anthony’s sleeping mother on the couch—and load up the rods and tackle boxes into an old pickup truck. Before leaving […]
The 18th annual Graduates’ Luncheon looked a little different this year, but the purpose of the event remained the same: to honor and support Mercy Home’s 2020 graduates. Led by our Leader Council, this special event celebrates this important milestone, while raising the resources we need to provide our young men and women with a […]
New Friend of the Home Creates and Donates Ear Savers to Benefit Mercy Home’s Families When Kevin Zufelt bought a 3D printer, he planned on using it to make fun items, like toys for his niece or parts for games. But when the COVID-19 pandemic struck, he saw a news article about a Boy Scout […]
Reading is something many of Mercy Home’s kids enjoy! In addition to being a fun pastime, it also improves children’s concentration, vocabulary and language skills, and helps develop imagination. Our kids aren’t the only avid readers at Mercy Home. Our coworkers also love reading! And, if you’re like many of us, you’ve had some extra […]
Ever since Angel was a little girl, she felt like something was missing. And she knew exactly what that thing was: the love and care of her parents. Angel was born when her parents were still in high school. They didn’t stay together, and her dad left the state after graduation. He never came back […]
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