Though it is difficult to consider, many of the children who come to Mercy Home come from difficult home situations, far too often involving abuse and neglect. Not only do these precious children have to deal with this type of suffering, but they also tend to bear far more responsibilities than any kid should ever have to deal with. This was the cruel reality for Adam.

Adam grew up in a suburban town with his parents and two younger sisters. At the age of 8, Adam’s mother passed away. This caused his father to turn to alcohol as a coping mechanism, leaving nearly all the household responsibilities for Adam to handle. He had to shop for groceries, clean the house, prepare meals for the family, and help his sisters with homework, all on his own.

On top of all that, Adam also had to protect his sisters and himself from their father’s verbal abuse. His father was almost always intoxicated and constantly blamed the kids for any little thing that went wrong. Adam did all he could to prevent the abuse from further damaging his family, but he had so little power to get his father’s behavior under control.

Adam’s struggles followed him outside of his home. He used to love school, but as the problems mounted at home, it felt less and less important. Not to mention that his many household responsibilities left him exhausted, and his grades suffered as a result. He would even fall asleep during class at times, and both teachers and other students began to think that Adam was just becoming a lazy student. Despite all of this, school was Adam’s opportunity to escape his toxic home life, and he cherished every moment of it.

” Adam did all he could to prevent the abuse from further damaging his family, but he had so little power to get his father’s behavior under control.”

Somehow, during Adam’s freshman year of high school, things began to get worse. His father lost his job, leaving the family without a source of income. Adam wanted to get a job to keep his family intact, but both his age and his many household responsibilities made that nearly impossible. Totally overwhelmed, Adam knew that he needed help, and turned to a trusted teacher at school for help. His teacher suggested Mercy Home—a place where he would be able to escape his abusive father and focus on what was really important: his schoolwork and being a kid. Adam moved into Mercy Home right away.

Change is never easy, and Adam initially struggled at Mercy Home. He was not used to a schedule or being told when to do his homework or go to bed. He felt guilty for leaving his father to fend for himself, despite the abuse he suffered. He had been so focused on his own problems for so long he forgot how to make friends. But, after a difficult adjustment period, things began to change for Adam.

He spent hours working with his tutors to improve his grades. He relied on his therapy sessions to learn how to deal with the trauma he had experienced. And slowly, he began to reach out to the other boys at our Home and started joining them in games of basketball and during meals. The road to recovery may be long, but based on the progress Adam is making, we are confident that he has a bright future ahead of him!

We are so grateful for the support Partners in Prayer like you have given us. You give children like Adam the opportunity to find happiness in the darkest times. The impact you have had upon not just his life, but the lives of all our children, is truly immeasurable. Thank you for your continued kindness and support.

You give children like Adam the opportunity to find happiness in the darkest times. The impact you have had upon not just his life, but the lives of all our children, is truly immeasurable. Thank you for your continued kindness and support.

A special partnership for the sake of Mercy’s kids and for our televised Sunday Mass

You can make a difference in the life of a troubled child. Fr. Scott needs Partners to pray for our kids at Mercy Home–and also faithful Partners to help broadcast Sunday Mass at Mercy Home.

By pledging your support and your prayers, you’re offering a precious gift to Mercy’s kids–and helping our community of faith join together every week.

The boys and girls of Mercy Home are very proud of the difference they are able to make just by sharing their time and heart with others. None of this would be possible without our kind, faithful supporters, for not only sharing their friendship but for also setting an example of generosity and compassion for them to follow. During this month, please keep the young people of Mercy Home and all of our generous benefactors in your thoughts and prayers.

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