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April is Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month.

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This month is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Take our pledge to end child abuse and neglect.

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#GivingTuesdayNow is almost over. Only a few hours left to help our families affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Gifts made today will be matched up to $50,000 thanks to the generosity of a dedicated group of employees at William Blair and its matching gifts program.

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Four Types of Love

Four Types of Love

4 Ways of Love

Storge

Agape

Philia

Philautia

We all have those who we care for, and those who care for us. Whether a friend or a partner, brother or mother, each of these relationships are founded on one of the most powerful human emotions: Love.

Love is so powerful, in fact, that many older cultures and languages had several different words to describe this emotion in all of its forms–the Greeks had about 30! Here at Mercy Home, we believe it is important for you and your loved ones to show how much you care for one another. That’s why we’ve selected four Greek words for love that inspire us, as well as listed some great ways to express this essential emotion with all of the important people in your life!

4 forms of love

Storge – family love

One of the most important types of love for us here at Mercy Home, storge is the love that a child has for their parents, grandparents, and caregivers, as well as the love that a parent or other caregiver has for their child. This form of love is essential for a child’s growth, and one we strive to share with all of our boys and girls.

What you can do

Give your child a hug! Let them know how much you care. If you don’t have any children of your own, plan your next visit to see your parents, or even just give them a call–a little bit can go a long way.


Agape – love of humanity

Also described as God’s love of all people, this is the form of love we share with one another; it inspires us to give some money to a homeless person on streets, or donate our time at a soup kitchen or food drive. At Mercy Home, we see this love every day in our donors and volunteers who share so much time and effort to improve the lives of our young people.

What can you do

Pick a charity to support for a year, or join a cause to help those less fortunate. Better yet, get a close friend to help you! Sharing the love with your fellow human beings can even be as simple as saying hello to the everyday strangers who cross your path.


Philia – love between friends

There’s a reason Philadelphia is nicknamed “The City of Brotherly Love.” This kind of love is what makes friends feel like family, and motivates us to do anything for our closest partner in crime. We find this love all around Mercy Home–in the bonds our kids form with each other, in the wonderful people all over the country who support our kids, and even in the camaraderie shared between our co-workers.

What can you do

Write a letter to your friends reminding them how special they are to you! Plan a trip with your closest confidants, or celebrate them on a day other than their birthday. You can also surprise your co-workers or teammates with some treats!


Philautia – self-love

You can’t forget to love yourself! Not to be confused with egotism or narcissism, this form of love means accepting yourself for who you are–all your “perfect imperfections.” Self-respect is one of our most important principles here at Mercy Home–by taking the time to care and love yourself, you can find the strength to share the love with others.

What can you do

Set aside some personal time to do what you enjoy most, like reading a book, watching your favorite movie, dancing to some music, or taking a nap! If you’re feeling low, try to write down things you like about yourself to remember why you’re so great!


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Check out the many ways you can show our kids how much you care.

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