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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.
Partners in Prayer: Alex Finds Stability at Mercy Home
If you’ve ever moved to a new home, you know what a long and stressful process it can be. Alex may be only 14 years old, but he has already moved nine times in his young life. The chaos and uncertainty that surrounds moving is more than something he is familiar with—it’s become a way of life.
Alex’s parents divorced when he was very young. After their divorce, he bounced around between his parents’ houses and different family members. There wasn’t really any place that felt permanent. But recently, his mother bought a small home in the city and Alex thought there might be some permanence in his life.
The chaos and uncertainty that surrounds moving is more than something he is familiar with—it’s become a way of life.
But it didn’t take long for Alex and his mother to start fighting. All of the moving around as a child didn’t exactly make him accustomed to having rules at home. Eventually, his mother sent him back to live with his father.
Things weren’t much better there. His father, his father’s girlfriend, her two children, and Alex lived in a small, two bedroom apartment. There was no privacy at all. Alex struggled to find a place to do his homework or just have some alone time.
As a result, Alex started avoiding home as much as possible. He stopped doing his homework, too. He didn’t expect anyone to care, or even notice. But there was someone who cared—his art teacher at school. Alex had always loved art and done well in the class. But when his grades radically dropped, his teacher noticed right away.
When Alex explained what was going on, his teacher had an idea: Mercy Home. He explained that it would be a stable place for him to live, and he would get all the support he needed to bring up his grades and plan a successful future.
Alex was desperate to leave his dad’s home, so he agreed. At first, it was difficult. He wasn’t used to rules or living on a schedule. Having specific times to do chores and homework was foreign to him. But he quickly adjusted and began to thrive at Mercy Home. Thanks to help from his tutors, his grades have risen. And more importantly, he knows that he has found a place that he can call home.
…more importantly, he knows that he has found a place that he can call home.
Today, Alex is a successful student who hopes to one day become an art teacher—just like the one who helped him find Mercy Home. And we know that through his hard work and your support, he can do it!
Alex’s road to Mercy Home was not an easy one. But his commitment to overcoming the struggles of his past is what is helping him become successful today. I hope you will pray for Alex this month, along with all of Mercy Home’s young people. Your prayerful support makes a tremendous difference in the lives of so many children like Alex!
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.