On Monday, February 24th and Tuesday, February 25th, Mercy Home hosted Ed Cote and Stephanie Hong from the Council On Accreditation (COA) for our re-accreditation site visit, which takes place every four years.
During the exit meeting, Ed and Stephanie gave very positive feedback about Mercy Home and informed us that we are being submitted for an “expedited” re-accreditation, which means that we passed with no major issues that need to be addressed. This is an excellent outcome and reflects all of the hard work by coworkers across every department throughout the process.
“Today was one of the best days of my 30 plus years at Mercy Home for Boys & Girls,” Fr. Scott told coworkers and friends of our mission on Tuesday. “I am so very proud of each of you.”
Founded in 1977, the COA is an international, independent, nonprofit organization that accredits human and social service providers. With the support of over 30 national and international organizations, a network of over 500 volunteers, a dedicated board, and highly skilled staff, the COA community is committed to championing quality by promoting best practice standards and advocating for accreditation.
Every four years our COA accreditation examines all facets of our work from facilities to finance, from youth care to board involvement and more. The time and hard work that was put in over the past 18 months preparing for the evaluation demanded a great deal of time from so many throughout the Agency.
As part of its process, COA evaluated our organization on 820 separate standards. The evaluators provided positive feedback on each and did not offer a single negative comment.
“The examination of our work over the past four years not only reinforces our good work,” Fr. Scott said, “but offers assurances that we are responding to the multiple needs of the youth and families entrusted to our care at Mercy Home.”
Fr. Scott thanked all coworkers who helped at any stage of the process. “Your diligence and hard work helped to make this year’s re-accreditation seamless and successful. Even the smallest contributions were crucial to the success of the overall process.”
Congratulations to all on another successful COA re-accreditation!