In response to a dramatic rise in the number of wayward and homeless boys in Chicago’s streets, Fr. Louis Campbell, a Catholic priest, opens a home in temporary quarters above a library on LaSalle Street, in the shadows of the Chicago Board of Trade Building. Fr. Campbell originally names the home St. Paul’s Home for Working Boys. Later that same year, the facility is incorporated as a distinct organization within the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago and renamed it the Mission of Our Lady of Mercy.