Stories about Friends First Mentoring at Mercy Home for Boys & Girls.

Friends First and AfterCare Picnic Celebrates Summer

We recently celebrated our annual Friends First and AfterCare Picnic, which brought together nearly 100 former residents, families, mentors, mentees, volunteers, and coworkers.

Geraldine and Ariel

Volunteer Makes Bigger Impact with Friends First Mentoring Program

Mercy Home’s Friends First Mentoring Program allows volunteers to make a bigger difference in the lives kids in need of role models.

St. Malachy students at TransUnion learning about mindfulness

Friends First and TransUnion: A Partnership for the Mind, Body, and Spirit

Friends First Workplace-Based Mentoring Program and TransUnion team up to support Chicago kids through structured relationships with professionals.

Help Transform Your Community – Become a Mentor!

Sonya Davis joined the Friends First mentoring program with Mercy Home and became a role model and friend to 14-year-old Alaila.

Friends First Kicks Off Another Year

Mercy Home’s Friends First Mentoring Program kicked off its 31st year with its site-base launch at the West Loop Campus. Over 60 people attended the fun-filled event, including mentors, mentees and family members, as everyone got acquainted with each other and planned for the year ahead.

Your Friendship Helps Young People — and Entire Families

“I left the house with nothing,” Doris says. She isn’t exaggerating. But she knew whatever lay ahead was going to be better than what they’d left behind.