Terms of Use

Last updated: October 1, 2017

Please read the following Terms of Use and Disclaimers (the “Agreement”) carefully before accessing or using the Mission of our Lady of Mercy a/k/a Mercy Home for Boys & Girls (“Mercy Home”, “us”, “we”, or “our”) Website (the “Site” or “Website”) (including mobile sites or apps (collectively, the “Sites”)), because they govern your access and use of the Sites. By accessing or using the Sites, you acknowledge that you understand, accept and agree to be bound by the terms and conditions set forth below and the relevant Privacy Policy, hereby incorporated into this Agreement. If you do not wish to be bound by these terms and conditions, you must not access or use the Sites.

This Agreement is between Mercy Home and you, the Authorized User (“you” “your”), and applies to your use of the Sites and the Site’s services, and access to and use of all content on the Sites. In no event will any additional or inconsistent term in any document submitted by you modify this Agreement. This Agreement contains the terms, covenants, conditions and provisions upon which you may access and use the Sites.

1. Changes to Terms. Mercy Home reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to modify or replace this Agreement on a prospective basis at any time. Mercy Home will post the updated Agreement through the the Sites. The updated Agreement will be effective once it is posted on the Sites. Your continued use of the Sites following a change in the Terms represents your consent to the new Terms to the fullest extent permitted by law. Mercy Home encourages you to periodically review this Agreement. If you do not agree to the new terms, please stop using the Sites.

2. Acceptable Use. You agree that you will use the Sites only for lawful and authorized purposes.

3. Grant of Limited License. The content on the Sites includes, but is not limited to, text, graphics, images, photographs, illustrations, maps, trademarks, tradenames, service marks, logos, information obtained from Mercy Home’s licensors and other materials (“Content”). Title to the Content on the Sites remains with Mercy Home. Mercy Home invites you to view and use a single copy of the materials obtained from the Sites for your personal, non-commercial use. Except as expressly permitted on the Sites, you agree not to license, distribute, create derivative works from, transfer, sell or re-sell any information, Content, or services obtained from the Sites. No graphics, photographs or other visual elements obtained through the Sites may be used, copied, or distributed separate from the accompanying text without the prior express written consent of the original owner or Mercy Home. You are not permitted to use the materials on the Sites except as expressly set forth herein. You may not under any circumstances attempt to deface, shut down or otherwise damage the Sites. You may not, without Mercy Home’s written permission, “mirror” any Content contained in the Sites or any other server.

4. Third Party Services and Content. The Sites may be made available or accessed in connection with third party services and content (including advertising) that Mercy Home does not control. Our Sites may contain links to other websites provided by third parties. Please be aware that we do not control these third party content, including third party websites or any of the content contained therein. You acknowledge that different terms of use and privacy policies may apply to your use of such third party services and content. Mercy Home does not endorse such third party services and content, and in no event shall Mercy Home be responsible or liable for any products or services of such third party providers. Once you have left our Sites, we cannot be responsible for the privacy practices of such other websites. We encourage you to exercise caution and to read the privacy policy for the website you visit. The inclusion of hyperlinks to third party websites on our Sites in no way constitutes an endorsement by us of such websites’ content, actions or policies.

5. User Message Boards and Comments. Our Website may allow you to post comments, messages, or photos. The purpose of this is to share the accomplishments of our Mercy Home family and upcoming events that we believe are of interest to you. We welcome positive discussion, words of encouragement and constructive and respectful comments related to the topics on our page.

To protect the interests of our children and their families, we reserve the right to remove comments that we consider offensive, disruptive, defamatory or derogatory toward our children, their families, our coworkers or our mission.

It is out policy to remove content that includes profanity, sexual content or images, racial slurs or posts that could offend anyone on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation, age or disability. Off-topic content or advertisements may also be removed as well.

Additionally, by uploading photographs to this Website, you are warranting that you have the authority to authorize the public display of those photographs. You are representing and warranting that you own all rights in the photographs and that you have obtained all necessary consent from any third party whose images are depicted to reproduce said photographs, and if requested by Mercy Home, you will be able to promptly deliver proof of all required consents.

By uploading a photograph, video or other content to the Website, you are granting Mercy Home a license to display and reproduce the photo and caption in any format as Mercy Home sees fit. Mercy Home is under no obligation to display the photograph and may remove the photograph if it is deemed obscene, infringes on a third party copyright or trademark, or for any other reason determined at the sole discretion of Mercy Home.

6. Digital Millennium Copyright Act Notice. Pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (the “DMCA”), under 17 U.S.C. §§ 512(b)–(d), any copyright holder may send us a valid notification of claimed copyright infringement under the DMCA if they believe that their work has been copied and has been posted, stored, or transmitted to the Sites in a way that constitutes copyright infringement. Our designated agent to receive notifications of claimed infringement as described in DMCA subsection 512(c)(3) is:

Mission of Our Lady of Mercy, Inc. dba Mercy Home for Boys & Girls
Street Address: 1140 W. Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60607
E-mail: info[at][mercyhome[dog]org

Under DMCA subsection 512(c)(3), a notification of claimed copyright infringement must be provided in writing to the above-listed designated agent and must include substantially the following:

  1. A physical or electronic signature of the owner of or a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
    Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that site.
  2. Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit us to locate the material.
  3. Information reasonably sufficient to permit us to contact the
  4. complaining party, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail address at which the complaining party may be contacted.
  5. A statement that the complaining party has a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.
  6. A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is the owner of or is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

Upon receipt of appropriate written notification from the complaining party, as described above, we will remove or disable access to the material that is claimed to be infringing. In addition, for notifications provided under DMCA subsection 512(c)(1)(C), we will take reasonable steps to forward the written notification to the allegedly infringer.

7. Hours of Accessibility. Mercy Home may make the Sites unavailable from time to time for computer or systems maintenance, upgrade or other matters without prior notice. The Sites are provided on an “as is,” “as available, and “with all faults” basis, and Mercy Home does not represent or warrant that the Sites or any of their functions will be uninterrupted or available at all times.

8. Disclaimer of Warranty. EXCEPT AS EXPRESSLY SET FORTH IN THESE TERMS, (I) the SITES and THEIR CONTENT ARE PROVIDED “AS IS,” “AS AVAILABLE” AND “WITH ALL FAULTS”, AND THE ENTIRE RISK AS TO THE QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE OF THE SITES and CONTENT IS WITH YOU, AND (II) ALL WARRANTIES WITH RESPECT TO THE SITES AND CONTENT, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING ANY WARRANTIES OF NON-INFRINGEMENT OR LACK OF Error OR VIRUSES, WORMS, TROJAN HORSES OR OTHER CODE THAT MANIFEST CONTAMINATING OR DESTRUCTIVE PROPERTIES ARE HEREBY DISCLAIMED.

NO INFORMATION CONVEYED BY THE SITES and Content EITHER ORALLY OR IN WRITING SHALL CREATE SUCH A WARRANTY. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR IMPLEMENTING SUFFICIENT PROCEDURES AND SAFETY MEASURES TO SATISFY YOUR REQUIREMENTS FOR PROTECTION OF AND ACCURACY OF DATA INPUT AND OUTPUT, AND FOR MAINTAINING A MEANS EXTERNAL TO THE WEBSITE FOR THE RECONSTRUCTION OF ANY LOST DATA. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL MERCY HOME BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY THIRD PARTY FOR ANY SPECIAL, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY KIND RELATING TO OR ARISING FROM YOUR USE OF THE WEBSITE OR CONTENT.

Except as expressly set forth in these Terms, Mercy Home and its affiliates make no guarantees and disclaim all warranties and representations about the Sites’ accuracy, relevance, timeliness or completeness, and do not warrant that the Sites and Content will meet your requirements in any respect, operate securely or be available at all times, or that the operation of the Sites will be uninterrupted or error-free, or that defects or errors in the Sites and Content can or will be corrected.

We do not represent or warrant that any version of the Sites and Content, or any portion thereof, will be compatible with any hardware or software versions or applications (including any future versions or updates of your phone, tablet, computer or its operating system) or provide the same functionality that is provided by the current version of the Sties and Content. The Sites and Content may not be compatible with your hardware or software versions or applications (including any specific versions of your phone, tablet, computer, or its specific operating system). Mercy Home does not undertake any obligation to provide the Website and Content to you in a way that is compatible with your hardware or software.

9. Limitation of Liability. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, IN NO EVENT AND REGARDLESS OF THE FORM OF ACTION WILL MERCY HOME, ITS DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, MANAGERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, REPRESENTATIVES OR ITS SUPPLIERS OR LICENSORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, INCIDENTAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES WHATSOEVER ARISING OUT OF THESE TERMS, YOUR USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE sites and Content, YOUR ACCESS TO OR YOUR INABILITY TO ACCESS THE SITES and Content, THE INACCURACY OR LOSS OF ANY DATA GENERATED OR MADE AVAILABLE BY THE SITES and Content OR YOUR RELIANCE ON ANY SUCH DATA, EVEN IF MERCY HOME HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.

Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion of certain warranties or the limitation or exclusion of liability for incidental or consequential damages. Accordingly, some of the above limitations and disclaimers may not apply to you. To the extent that Mercy Home may not, as a matter of applicable law, disclaim any implied warranty or limit its liabilities, this section shall in any case be interpreted to limit our Liability to the greatest extent permitted by law.

You acknowledge and agree that Mercy Home has offered the Sites and Content and entered into this Agreement in reliance upon the warranty disclaimers and the limitations of liability set forth herein, that the warranty disclaimers and the limitations of liability set forth herein reflect a reasonable and fair allocation of risk between you and Mercy Home, and that the warranty disclaimers and the limitations of liability set forth herein form an essential basis of the bargain between you and Mercy Home. You acknowledge and agree that Mercy Home would not be able to provide the Sites and Content on an economically reasonable basis without these limitations.

10. Exclusive Remedy. IN THE EVENT OF ANY PROBLEM WITH THE SITES OR THE CONTENT, YOU AGREE THAT YOUR SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY IS TO CEASE USING THE SITES, THE SITES’ SERVICES, AND THE CONTENT. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL MERCY HOME, ITS AFFILIATES OR LICENSORS BE LIABLE IN ANY WAY FOR YOUR USE OF THE SITES, THE SITES’ SERVICES, OR THE CONTENT, OR THIRD PARTY USER GENERATED CONTENT AVAILABLE ON OR THROUGH THE SITES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY ERRORS OR OMISSIONS, ANY INFRINGEMENT OF THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS OR OTHER RIGHTS OF THIRD PARTIES, OR FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE OF ANY KIND INCURRED AS A RESULT OF, OR RELATED TO, THE USE OF THE SITES, THE SERVICES, CONTENT, OR ANY THIRD PARTY USER GENERATED CONTENT AVAILABLE ON OR THROUGH THE SITES.

11. Indemnification. You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless Mercy Home, its officers, directors, employees, agents, suppliers and third party partners from and against all losses, expenses, damages and costs, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, from your use of the Sites or resulting from any violation by you of this Agreement, to the fullest extent allowed by law.

12. Privacy. Privacy is important to Mercy Home. Any personal information that you transmit to us, whether by electronic mail, postal mail, post/blog, or other means, for any reason is subject to our Privacy Policy. These Terms of Use include and incorporate the Privacy Policy, available at https://www.mercyhome.org/privacypolicy, which is integrated herein by this reference. Please read the Privacy Policy carefully for details relating to the collection, use, and disclosure of personal information.

13. Children. Children under 13 years of age are not allowed to access the Sites.

14. Governing Law. This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the United States and the State of Illinois, without giving effect to conflict of law principles thereof.

15. Severability. If any provision of this Agreement is found to be invalid or unenforceable, it will be enforced to the extent permissible and, to the extent invalid or unenforceable, such provision shall be deemed modified to the most limited extent necessary to be valid and enforceable, in accordance with applicable law, while still as fully as possible carrying out the intent of the original provision, and the remainder of this Agreement will remain in full force and effect.

16. Waiver. Failure by Mercy Home to enforce any right or provision of this Agreement or otherwise prosecute any right with respect to a default hereunder will not constitute a waiver by Mercy Home of the right to enforce rights with respect to the same or any other breach.

William Blair Supports Mercy Home

Employee Giving Partnership Made Simple



According to Laura Coy, Director of Community Engagement at William Blair, working in the community all year round is one of William Blair’s major priorities. This winter, however, the company took their engagement to a whole new level.

Through a corporate partnership with Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, and a long-time board member and William Blair employee Mark Brady, William Blair created a holiday giving campaign that made an incredible difference.


“Our employees want to do even

more around the end of the year.”



“We make it a point to support employees who take leadership in the community,” Coy said. “And our employees want to do even more around the end of the year.”

Coy reached out to Mercy Home, which created an online giving portal that provided a simple and convenient way for William Blair employees to donate. Additionally, Coy said, William Blair took the opportunity to spread the news to employees about its company matching gift program, which doubles gifts of $50 or more to nonprofits like Mercy Home.

“The online portal just made it so easy,” said Coy. “And gave us the opportunity to promote our matching program, making gifts go twice as far for the Mercy Home kids.”

Corporate Partnership.

William Blair’s Community Engagement team celebrated their generous employees by offering a Jeans Day to those who contributed to the internal campaign for Mercy Home.

The campaign was a success, Coy said, because it not only shared Mercy Home’s mission, but also because it provided a way for William Blair to support employee engagement and remind employees that the company has resources dedicated to support the community.

From all of us at Mercy Home, we thank William Blair for their generosity and support of our young people.


Get Your Company Involved!


Would your company like to participate in a giving campaign and make a difference in the lives of kids at Mercy Home?

To learn more about corporate partnership opportunities, fill out the form below.


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Annual Reports



At Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, our mission is to save young lives by providing critical services to young people and their families. Our annual reports show how we do that work while maintaining our commitment to stewarding the resources entrusted to the care of our boys and girls.


758

Youth and families served in FY17.

100%

Students who graduated from 8th and 12th grades.

4089

Individual therapy sessions provided for kids.

Years of Mercy

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Stories of Hope and Illumination at Mercy Home for Boys & Girls

By Rev. L. Scott Donahue

In this collection of essays, Reverend L. Scott Donahue, president of Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, invites readers to bear witness to love’s remarkable power to inspire growth, hope, and change in even the direst circumstances. In these pages, Fr. Scott recounts the stories of ten children whose traumatic pasts have brought them to Mercy Home to seek the healing and supportive services this therapeutic residential home provides.

Though their paths to Mercy Home’s door may differ, for these children, a common thread binds each of their stories together: remarkable strength, unwavering spirit, and a heart tender and open enough to receive help when it’s needed most.

In Years of Mercy, Fr. Scott reflects on the miracles that happen within Mercy Home’s walls, thanks to God’s good grace and the many friends across the country who lend their prayers and support to offer children hope, healing, and the promise of a brighter tomorrow.



Listen to a sample of the audiobook.

Narrated by Rev. L. Scott Donahue


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Reverend L. Scott Donahue


Rev. L. Scott Donahue is President & CEO of Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, a therapeutic home for children who’ve experienced abuse, neglect, abandonment, and emotional trauma. He has been caring for the children at Mercy Home since joining its Board of Regents in 1990, later serving as assistant to its president. In 2006, after ten years of service as Mercy Home’s associate president, Fr. Donahue was appointed the Home’s eighth president since its founding in 1887.

Read more by Fr. Donahue.

Praise for “Years of Mercy”


“Fr. Donahue’s very well-crafted book puts on full display how ordinary individuals, in partnership with an extraordinary institution, Chicago’s Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, have been living out the Gospel’s call to corporal and spiritual acts of mercy for nearly 130 years. These cameos of mercy in action are witness to the powerful transformation that happens in the lives of others when charity and generosity frame one’s life. These inspiring accounts offer an instructive and inspirational alternative — or better, a solution to the crisis of indifference that the Year of Mercy was meant to address.”- Cardinal Blase J. Cupich


“Fr. Scott Donahue’s collection of tenderly told stories provides an aperture into this magical place, Mercy Home. Empathic and nurturing, Fr. Scott and his colleagues at Mercy know just what children need. As you read these stories, it’ll become clear that those at Mercy serve as a model for the rest of us.” – Alex Kotlowitz, Author, There are No Children Here


“I’m a believer in the power of mercy to transform lives. The inspiring true stories that Fr. Scott shares in his book will make you a believer too. I’ve known Fr. Scott for decades and I’ve seen firsthand the way he runs his home like a successful business. It’s efficient, innovative, and it attracts the very best people who all work toward the same goal — saving our kids.” – James M. Jenness, Retired Chairman of the Board and CEO, Kellogg Company

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Order “Years of Mercy” Today

Walsh Girls Campus Tour

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Welcome to the Walsh Girls Campus


Created in 1987, 100 years after the founding of Mercy Home, the Walsh Campus is committed to meeting the needs of the young women of Chicago. Nestled in a quiet neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side, the Walsh Campus provides our young women the privacy and peacefulness they need to heal from past trauma. The entrance to the Walsh Campus is adorned by a Guardian Angel statue identical to the one at our Boys Campus.


Chapel

This beautiful chapel, like most of what is now the Walsh Campus, was originally owned and managed by the Sisters of the Cenacle. In addition to being a place of worship and spiritual celebration, the chapel also provides a quiet space for our young women to reflect and find solitude.


Walgreen Home – Foyer

Originally owned by the famous Walgreen family, this mansion was donated to the Archdiocese of Chicago, who in turn provided it to Mercy Home. Today, the beautiful manor serves as one of four residential programs, or Homes, at our Walsh Campus. Young people are placed in Homes based on their age, developmental and therapeutic needs. Each Home is structured to provide a healthy, nurturing and safe living environment in which the youth can learn and grow to reach their potential.


Walgreen Home – Dining Room

Therapeutic structure and scheduling is one of the critical components of our approach to serving the needs of our young people. Structure includes regular meals, chores, and hygiene routines, and each of our Homes is equipped with a dining area, laundry, restroom, and dormitory-style sleeping areas. This provides a consistent, stable living environment while also fostering a support system and sense of community amongst our children.


Walgreen Home – Living Room

Beautiful, warm and inviting, the Walgreen Home living room serves as a place for our young women to spend time with one another, from group and family therapy sessions to reading and other activities. The living room is also the site of one of our girls’ favorite nights of the year: the Walsh Campus Christmas celebration. Our young women and Walsh Campus coworkers pack into the room to spend time with one another, exchange gifts, and even receive a visit from Santa Claus!


Walgreen Home – Study

Another key component of therapeutic structure includes daily study time within our Homes. After returning from school, having some time to relax, and enjoying dinner, each of our young people heads to their respective Home to study and work on homework. By providing this educational enrichment, our boys and girls are able to develop the skills they need to thrive in school.


Bernardin Hall – Kitchenette

Welcome to Bernardin Home! Here, young women ages 18 to 21 experience a pre-independent, or transitional living arrangement. This allows our girls to express and practice responsibility and advanced overall functioning. Bernardin Home underwent major renovations in 2015 thanks to the creative and generous donation of GFX International, a retail design company. In order to reflect the personalities of our young women, GFX invited them to be part of the design process, asking about their interests and color preferences—they even used a quote from one of our girls to decorate the common area!


Bernardin Hall – Living Room

Before heading to the bedrooms, here is another example of a living room from Bernardin Home. Each space is decorated and arranged to facilitate a sense of comfort, community, and safety—a place to call home.


Bernardin Hall – Bedroom

Each Home is equipped with dormitory-style sleeping arrangements, with either one or two beds per room. These living arrangements promote healthy living habits and foster a sense of boundaries and respect amongst our boys and girls.


Computer Lab

Mercy Home is committed to providing our children with the tools they need to succeed, including computers and monitored internet access. We have also created the Academy, a department that provides our children with academic and vocational guidance and resources, ensuring our children have the support they need to achieve their dreams.


Library

No home is complete without books, and our Walsh Campus library serves as the perfect place for our young women to catch up on their school reading, study, or just enjoy their favorite novel.


Craft Cottage

Renovated in 2015, the Craft Cottage gives our young women the opportunity to explore their creativity, and also serves as a place for groups to participate in art therapy led by our full time Craft Cottage coordinator. Our young women work together and individually on project-based assignments, and with the cottage stocked full of supplies, our young women have everything they need to express themselves through art.


Fitness Center

Physical fitness and well-being are integral aspects of our therapeutic approach, which is why we have designated exercise rooms at both of our campuses. The equipment is provided by generous friends of Mercy Home, and our kids receive instruction on proper use and safety before exercising in the fitness center.


Courtyard

The courtyard is a flurry of activity in the summer months as our girls take advantage of the beautiful Walsh Campus grounds. The courtyard is also home to a Mercy Home tradition: the Men’s Barbecue. Once a month, a group of our male coworkers travel to the Walsh Campus in an effort to introduce our young women to positive male role models.


Gardens

The former backyard of the Walgreen mansion now serves as an entryway to our Walsh Campus garden. Tucked away from the rest of the Campus grounds and the neighborhood, the gardens are a wonderful place for our girls to spend time outdoors.

On this last stop on our tour, you can see the hidden gem of the Beverly neighborhood: our Walsh Campus Garden. This hidden sanctuary is tended by our girls, who learn to grow the fruits and vegetables that will be later served in our kitchen. The Dawn Brancheau Foundation, who are dedicated supporters of Mercy Home, visit each summer to help our girls tend to their garden, teaching them how to plant and harvest their crops. For many of our children who have never left their urban environment, the garden is a wonderful way to experience the healing power of nature.

West Loop Campus Tour

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Welcome to our West Loop Campus


The headquarters of Mercy Home since 1889, only two years after its founding, the West Loop campus serves Chicago’s young men. The location in Chicago’s West Loop allows our young men to take an active role in the community—many work in nearby businesses and participate in neighborhood projects. The entrance to our West Loop Campus is adorned by a Guardian Angel statue identical to the one at our Walsh Girls Campus.


Tichenor Family Chapel

This beautiful sanctuary was a gift from longtime Mercy Home benefactors Art and Marj Tichenor. Featuring a vaulted copper roof and water-themed stained glass windows, this tranquil space gives our young men a space for quiet reflection.


Our Lady of Mercy Chapel

This place of worship is the filming location of Sunday Mass at Mercy Home. This televised Sunday Mass is broadcast on WGN in Chicago each Sunday and viewed by thousands each week.


Noha Home – Foyer

One of six residential programs, or Homes, at the West Loop campus, Noha Home serves some of our youngest residents. All of our residents are placed in Homes based on age, developmental and therapeutic needs. Each Home provides a healthy, nurturing, and safe living space where the children can learn and grow.


Noha Home – Living Area

Decorated with our young men in mind, the living space of each of our Homes allows our young men to gather for everything from socializing to group therapy sessions. Living spaces like this one are meant to bring a sense of comfort, community, and safety to our young men.

Mercy Beaucoup!

Mercy Beaucoup

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Mercy Beaucoup! is a designer resale boutique located in Chicago’s historic Old Town neighborhood, downstairs from State Street Barbers:

1545 North Wells Street
Chicago, Ill. 60610

For questions about Mercy Beaucoup!, please contact our store’s manager, Lynn Spaeth, by phone at (312) 202-6794 or by email.


Hours


Tuesday through Saturday – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Monday

Privacy Policy

For our Terms of Use, please CLICK HERE.

Mission of our Lady of Mercy, Inc. a/k/a Mercy Home for Boys & Girls (“Mercy Home”) takes your privacy seriously. Please carefully read this Privacy Policy and familiarize yourself with our privacy practices regarding your personal information and how we will use it.  This Privacy Policy applies to the Mercy Home site (the “Site” or “Website”) (including mobile sites or apps (collectively, the “Sites”)). By visiting the Site, you accept this Privacy Policy.

What information do we collect?

We collect information from you when you place an order, subscribe to our newsletter, respond to a survey or fill out a form.  Any data we request that is not required will be specified as voluntary or optional.

When donating or registering on our Site, as appropriate, you may be asked to enter your: name, e-mail address, mailing address, phone number or credit card information. You may, however, visit our Site anonymously.

We sometimes collect information from you for a specific event, program or purpose. In that case, the information which you provide will be used only for the specific purpose identified and will only be shared with parties to complete your request.

We may also collect any other personal information that you choose to share with us, that is given to us from peer-to-peer fundraisers, or that is provided to use from third parties in connection with donations, such as from trusts and estates.

What do we use your information for?

Any of the information we collect from you may be used in one of the following ways:

      • To improve our Website (we continually strive to improve our Website offerings based on the information and feedback we receive from you)
      • To improve customer service (your information helps us to more effectively respond to your customer service requests and support needs)
      • To process transactions
      • We occasionally share customer information with partner organizations. This information includes donor’s names and addresses with partner non-profits. To opt-out, simply email us at info[at]mercyhome[dot]org.
      • To send periodic emails
      • The email address you provide for payment processing, may be used to send you information and updates pertaining to your payment or request, in addition to receiving occasional company news, updates, promotions, related product or service information, etc.  If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, we include unsubscribe instructions at the bottom of each email or reply to any email from us with the word “unsubscribe” in the subject line.
      • To administer a contest, promotion, survey or other Site feature;
      • In connection with legal proceedings, such as to comply with any court order, legal process, or respond to any governmental or regulatory request;
      • To protect Mercy Home’s rights or property or the safety of Mercy Home, our members, or others;
      • To transfer information in the event of an organizational restructuring;
      • For system administration and internal reporting purposes; and
      • To monitor and evaluate our Sites and identify where we should make changes or expand services.

How do we protect your information?

We implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information when you submit a request, place an order or access your personal information.  These security measures include: password protected directories and databases to safeguard your information, TLS (Transport Layer Security) technology to   ensure that your information is fully encrypted and sent across the Internet securely, and Scanning to actively protect our servers from hackers and other vulnerabilities.  Despite these measures, no transmission or electronic storage of information is guaranteed to be secure.

For transactions, we offer the use of a secure server. All supplied sensitive/credit information is transmitted via TLS (Transport Layer Security) technology and then encrypted into our Payment gateway providers database.  This information is only to be accessible by those authorized with special access rights to such systems, and is required to keep the information confidential. After a transaction, your private information (credit cards, social security numbers, financials, etc.) will not be stored on our servers.

Do we use cookies?

Yes (Cookies are small files that a Site or its service provider transfers to your computers hard drive through your Web browser (if you allow) that enables the Sites or service providers systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information.  This information may include log file information such as Internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, browser language, pages viewed, and the date and time of a visit.

We use cookies to compile aggregate data about Site traffic and Site interaction so that we can offer better Site experiences and tools in the future. We may contract with third-party service providers to assist us in better understanding our Site visitors. These service providers are not permitted to use the information collected on our behalf except to help us conduct and improve our business.

If you prefer, you can choose to have your browser warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can choose to turn off all cookies via your browser settings. Like most websites, if you turn your cookies off, some of our services may not function properly. However, you can still place orders over the telephone or by contacting customer service.

In addition to the foregoing, we use Google Analytics Advertising which will track certain personal information of yours. If you would like to opt out of the collection of such information you may do so by CLICKING HERE. Further, Google has a browser plugin (for Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera) that prevents your data from being collected and used by Google Analytics. You can download the plugin by CLICKING HERE.

Do we disclose any information to outside parties?

On occasion, Mercy Home may share or rent names of donors to select for- and non-profit organizations. You may choose to restrict information about you from being sent by using the contact information at the bottom of this page.

When a request is made for people to make donations to Mercy Home in lieu of flowers for a deceased person, we will work with the funeral home or family after we learn of the request.  In these cases, we share information regarding donations made in memory of the deceased, although donors may choose to restrict their personal information from being sent to the family of the deceased.

With respect to peer-to-peer and other fundraising requests made on behalf of Mercy Home, the fundraiser will normally have access to the donor’s information, although donors may choose to restrict their personal information from public display on the fundraiser’s donor roll or, if the donor desires, even from fundraiser.

We may transfer your personally identifiable information to trusted third parties who assist us in operating our Website, conducting our business, or servicing you, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our Site policies, or protect ours or others’ rights, property, or safety. In particular, if abuse or neglect is suspected, Mercy Home is required to file a report to the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services without notification to the person sending the message.

Non-personally identifiable visitor information, such as aggregate information, may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses.

When communicating with Mercy Home, if abuse or neglect is suspected, Mercy Home is required to file a report to the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services without notification to the person sending the message.

Your Privacy Rights and Choices

Because we value your privacy, we offer you the ability to choose to the provision of information about you to third parties for their solicitation or marketing purposes.

Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance

We are in compliance with the requirements of COPPA (Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act).  We do not collect any information from anyone under 13 years of age. Our Website, products and services are all directed to people who are at least 13 years old or older.

European and Other Non-US Donors and Visitors

Mercy Home operates only in the United States, under United States law.  Mercy Home will protect the personal information of non-U.S. donors in the same way as it does U.S. donors.  In order to use the personal information of current, former and prospective donors for the purposes described above, such personal information will be transferred internationally, including from the European Economic Area to Mercy Home in the United States.  Although the European Union has deemed that the United States does not provide “adequate” protection for personal information, Mercy Home will protect personal information as set out in this privacy policy regardless of the location of this information.

Should any European donor wish to have access to, correct, modify, delete or dispute any personal information that Mercy Home holds about them, please contact us using the information below.

Changes to our Privacy Policy

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page, and/or update the Privacy Policy modification date below. Policy changes will apply only to information collected after the date of the change.  Your continued use of the Sites after changes have been posted will constitute your acceptance of this Privacy Policy and any changes

This policy is effective as of October 1, 2017.

Contacting Us

If there are any questions regarding this privacy policy or any of the personal information that we may have, you may contact us using the information below.

www.mercyhome.org
1140 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60607
United States
info[at]mercyhome]dot]org
877-MERCY-55

Associate Board

The Associate Board of Mercy Home is a group of young professionals who strive to help the kids of Mercy Home. Their objective is to promote the mission of Mercy Home by engaging other young professionals through social, volunteering, and fundraising events.

Laura Brake

Board Chair

Abbvie

Tim Day

Board Vice-Chair

Madison Capital Funding

Michael Babbitt

Jenner & Block

Daniel Barrett

Google, Inc.

Brendan Breen

The John Buck Company

Sammi Bulmash

AutonomyWorks

Josh Cauhorn

Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella P.C.

Nathan Clarke

Surmesur

Andre Crawford

Prestium Pharmaceuticals

Margaret Mary Detmer

Google, Inc.

Katie Dorece

Guaranteed Rate

Lauren Duff

Drinker Biddle & Reath

Patrick Durham

Edelman

Janelle Edwards

United

Ryan Ferris

Huntington National Bank

Ryan Gallante

Chicago Blackhawks

John Hoppe

Madison Capital Funding

TJ Kistner

Segal Marco Advisors

Angelica Kopiczko

Quarter 20

Ryan Kruzel

Pritzker Realty Group

Ania Kuna

New Generation Power LLC

Liz Le Sbertoli

Blue Flame Thinking

Ricardo Lopez

Northern Trust

Dominic LoVerde

Forde Law Offices

Jack Maloney

Colliers International

Matt Martin

Stumm Insurance

Lisa Martinez

The Northern Trust

Zach McCullough

UBS

Erin McGovern

HBK Engineering

Nick McIntyre

Worsek & Vihon

Kara Murphy

StarComm

Brittany Neisewander

University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Caitlin O’Brien

MADO Management

Gannon O’Brien

Zeller Realty Group

Megan Osterhout

Accenture

Roberto Paniagua

Google, Inc.

Rick Perez

Subrosa Investigations

Lauren Porto

SWC Technology Partners

Bill Pragalz

360 Benefits

Kristen Preble

UI Labs

Luke Rohan

Sungard Availability Services

John Sadofsky

Robert Half International

Peter Schimeck

Aon Corporation

Robert Shorty

Starbucks Corporation

Nathan Sonoskey

True North Holdings LLC

Ghienhel Speh

MOD Management

Brieda Staunton

Advocate Illinois Masonic

Mark Stevens

Riveron Consulting

Michelle Tejada

HBK Engineering

Ramon Torres

Nuveen Investments

Jasen Toussaint

Northbrook Bank & Trust

Katherine Twardak

Johnson + Bell

Caroline Upton

Reed Smith

Bobby Van Fossan

Morgan Stanley

Brian Weber

Duff & Phelps

Josef Weber

Merrill Lynch Global Wealth & Investment Management

Leader Council

The Leader Council members are powerful accomplished professional women who believe in the lives of Mercy Home’s young people’s education. They meet throughout the year and donate their time, talent, financial support and professional resources to open doors to education in order to change the trajectory of children’s futures, and break cycles of abuse, neglect and poverty.

Nancy Temple

Chairman

Katten & Temple, LLP

Nancy Amicangelo

Nancy Bentley, Ph.D

Benedictine University

Sue Bettman

LSC Communications

Deirdre Bormes

Eileen Bower

Clyde & Co.

Donna Carroll, Ph.D

Dominican University

Juliann Cecchi

Northwestern University School of Law

Patty Meagher Clare

PM Clare & Associates

Emily Cole

Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office

Mary Dempsey

DePaul College Prep

Veronica Dendinger

KPMG

Mary Dominiak

Village of Antioch

Lisa Duarte

Susanne Dumbleton, Ph.D

DePaul University

Megan Ferraro

Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

Susan Flood

Emily Garrison

Reed Smith LLP

Patricia Gianone

Duffy Designs, Ltd.

Valerie Giardini

The Northern Trust Company

Karen Golden

Susan Golden

Golden Leadership, LLC

Kathleen Hagedorn

Chicago Partners Investment Group

Anne T.C. Harney

Collins Engineers

Susan L. Henry

Cornerstone CPA Group, LLP

Mirasabel Villanueva-Hucker

KPMG LLP

Nancy Iannotta

The Private Bank

Gloria Jacobson

Saint Xavier University

Michele Jochner

Schiller, DuCanto & Fleck LLP

Caroline Becker Joss

Caroline Rose, Inc.

Beth Kaveny

Burke Wise Morrissey & Kaveny

Yvette Kennedy

KPMG LLC

Nicole Klotz

Claire Koeneman

Hill + Knowlton Strategies

Sarah Kooperman

Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office

Elizabeth (Lisa) Krepps

Sook Lee

Stout Risuis Ross

Missy Lavender

Women’s Health Foundation

Kerry Long

K. Long & Associates

Jennifer Lyons

WGN-TV

Claire Manaois

MCM Consulting Group

Elizabeth Marino

Jones Day

Natalie Martini

Deloitte

Caroline McAteer

DePaul University

Kathleen M. McCabe

Ann Mendelsohn

Alexandra Mihalas

Kirkland & Ellis, LLP

Eileen Mitchell

AT&T

Mary Kay Mulvaney, Ph.D

Elmhurst College

Erin Nolan

Nolan Development

Kerry O’Hare

Oxford Capital Partners, Inc.

Katina Panagopoulos

Wintrust Commercial Banking

Suleyma Perez

Northeastern Illinois University

Rachael Phillippe

Hermes of Paris

Diana Pisone

Judy Pomeranz

Freelance Writer

Lora Powers

Wells Fargo

Maureen Power

Power & Cronin, LT.

Beth Provanzana

The Northern Trust

Virginia Rugai

Mary Lee Schneider

SG360

Deborah Sexton

Professional Convention Management Association

Salme Harju Steinberg, PhD

Northeastern Illinois University

Nancy Summers

Law Offices of Nancy A. Summers

Ivana Taylor

BD Associates, Inc.

Kathy Taylor

Rider Dickerson

Kate Temple

Human Resource Consulting Group

Susan Templeton

Taiber Kosmala & Associates LLC

Marcy Twardak

Monica Tynan

FDIC

Laura Wicklander West

Great Lakes Advisors

Alys C. Williams

Epiq Systems

Mary Wilson

Brigitta Witt

Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

Charlene Yaneza

BMO

Nancy Loewenberg Young

Morgan Stanley Wealth Management