Additionally, support provided by the McCormick Foundation ensures that our therapeutic model, the Mercy Model, is shared with other social work professionals and community-based organizations throughout Chicago.
There are a number of scenarios that lead kids to Mercy Home, such as abuse, neglect, poverty, housing instability, and community violence. Each child at Mercy Home is unique, and there is no one solution in treating the trauma they have experienced. That is why we take pride in being among today’s leaders in trauma-informed care and our array of approaches in helping children heal from their pasts. It’s thanks to the support of friends like the McCormick Foundation that we’re able to continually adapt our approach so that we can offer the best care to our kids.
The McCormick Foundation is named after Colonel Robert R. McCormick. Born in Chicago in 1880 to a family committed to civic engagement and community service, McCormick had many accomplishments throughout his life: he was alderman of the 21st Ward, he served in the Illinois National Guard and volunteered for duty in World War I, and he was publisher and editor of the Chicago Tribune for more than 40 years.
Following his death in 1955, the McCormick Foundation was founded to carry on his commitment to civic engagement and community service. Though the foundation has supported organizations both nationally and outside of the U.S., in the past five years the focus has shifted to their own backyard.
“This is where Col. McCormick lived and worked, and this is where the needs are extensive,” said Donald Cooke, senior vice president of philanthropy for the McCormick Foundation. “Our overall aim is to ensure that everybody in Chicago has access to the resources they need to succeed.”
In supporting Mercy Home, the McCormick Foundation helps provide care for many children who come from struggling communities. They also work directly in these communities as well.