Entries by Nic Halverson

Ruben’s Big Surprise: A Hero’s Sacrifice

Ruben, a Mercy Home resident, overcame many obstacles to join the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon as a Mercy Home Hero. Race-day, however, didn’t turn out the way he planned. But fellow Hero Jen Guzman, inspired by Ruben’s journey, stepped up to make things right and gave him an unforgettable surprise.

Ruben’s Story: Breaking Down Walls & Finding His Stride

Read about Mercy Home resident and Hero, Ruben as he shares his story about his life before and after Mercy Home.

Mercy Model in Schools Workshop Teaches Trauma-Informed Care

A group of educators representing 16 Chicagoland schools gathered at Mercy Home for a two-day workshop on using trauma-informed classroom strategies.

Fun Summer Activities at Mercy Home

Lazy summer days are few and far between around Mercy Home. Our boys and girls take full advantage, thanks to a schedule overflowing with summer activities and that keep their bodies, minds, and spirits on the move.

Mercy Home’s Father Figures

Around 94 percent of our kids come from single-parent households where, more often than not, fathers are not in the picture. Fortunately, at Mercy Home, there are many coworkers who serve as father figures for our kids.

Pongo and Tom: A Dynamic Duo of Therapeutic Care

Facility dog Pongo’s familiar presence is opening up new lines of communication and forming meaningful relationships to better help our boys and girls heal.