In his time at Mercy Home, Kevin has worn several different hats. He worked as an Overnight Youth Care Worker at the Campbell Home and then went on to become the Career Resource Coordinator for the Campbell and Sheil homes.
Now, as the MercyWorks Coordinator, Kevin provides support to the 13 to 16 MercyWorkers throughout their year of service. Additionally, he travels the country to recruit eager young college graduates, like he once was, who are interested in doing a year of service in the MercyWorks program.
“We’re really doing some great work in terms of expanding our reach, if you will,” Kevin said. “So we’re going to a lot of historically black colleges like Lincoln University, Howard, Morehouse, Spelman, Clark Atlanta – trying to make sure that we’re getting a diverse audience.”
After four years in Chicago, Kevin is well aware of the problems of violence and poverty that exist in the city. Living on Chicago’s South Side, Kevin has bared witness to this violence first hand.
“I’ve seen two shootings since I’ve been here, and I’ve definitely heard gunshots in my neighborhood,” he said. “And I just think, for myself, as a 26-year-old, I’m like, ‘OK, I can kind of somewhat deal with it and understand it.’ But as a kid, what does that mean? And how do you become normalized to that?”
Realizing the urgency for change in Chicago, Kevin decided that he needed to do more.