Entries by Nic Halverson

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.

EEG Neurofeedback Helps Youth Regulate Energy & Emotions

Mercy Home is investing in innovative neurofeedback technology, which represents a step forward in serving the mental health needs of our kids.

Palate Passport Brings Tastes of the World to our Girls

Mercy Home’s Walsh Campus started a new tradition called Palate Passport, which introduces our girls to international foods, traditions, and cultures.

Chicago Bulls’ Kris Dunn Surprises Youth with Adidas Shopping Spree

Christmas came early for a group of Mercy Home kids, thanks to the Chicago Bulls’ Kris Dunn, who treated them to a surprise shopping spree.