Upcoming Events

India Night
Fundraiser to Support MERCY Communities
September 28, 2018
AIWO

Asian Indian Women's Organization presents a vibrant evening of music, dance, elegant Indian fashion and fine cuisine on Friday, September 28, 2018 at the Crowne Plaza (3000 S. Dirksen Parkway).

Save the date for a vibrant snapshot of Indian culture, a bazaar and live auction of ethnic items. The evening will be set against the backdrop of music, dance, fashion, and delicious Indian fare.

MERCY Communities Mission

MERCY Communities is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization dedicated to addressing the crisis of family homelessness

Since 1999 we have served roughly 1,000 clients (moms and their children). MERCY Communities has grown from providing 10 units of housing in 1999 to 26 units in 2016. In fiscal year 2017, MERCY Communities housed and supported 52 mothers with 101 children.  

Ongoing Program Services

MERCY Communities offers programs and services for homeless, or at-risk women, over the age of eighteen with one or more children. Our services are designed for mothers who are committed to learning the life skills, job skills and parenting skills necessary to live a self-sufficient life. To participate, families must  be ready to take steps toward life transformations through structured, value-based, goal-directed activities.

The goal of all programming is to assist homeless young women and their children to achieve stability in their lives by providing them with a stable home and intensive supportive services.

More Than a Place to Stay

Our professional staff meet one on one at least weekly with the clients and their children.

In addition, one evening per week, MERCY hosts various speakers, activities, demonstrations, videos, educators and community volunteers to provide small life skill sessions centered on the pillars of self-sufficiency: housing, parenting, budgeting and life skills. 

Children also are provided with counseling, as needed, with emphasis on educational achievements. We are thankful for your support!

Housing

Permenant, temporary, and rental housing is available.

housingIn 2016, MERCY provided 41 moms, 80 boys, and girls with shelter and supportive services through permanent supportive housing.  94% of permanent supportive families maintain their housing for one year or longer.

A two-year Transitional Living Program is available to assist homeless young women and their children to achieve stability in their lives by providing them with a stable home and intensive support services.

MERCY makes decent affordable rental housing and supportive services available to families at 15 to 30% of the median income.

Learn more about our programs and services.

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Current Wish List
  • Monetary contributions
  • Gift cards (grocery, Walmart, Target, etc.)
  • Large kitchen trash cans
  • Bathroom towels/wash cloths
  • Kitchen towel sets
  • Wall clocks
  • Silverware
  • Mops, buckets, brooms & dust pans
  • Floor & table lamps
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dish washing soap
  • Diapers
  • Household paper products: Kleenex, toilet paper, paper towels
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Shelving (bookshelves, laundry shelving, etc.)
  • Toddler beds
  • Crib sheets / twin sheets / full sheets
  • Blankets / New bed pillows
  • Mattress Covers
Gently Used Donations

We accept these items in almost new or gently used condition. 

  • Kitchen Tables and Full Chair Sets
  • Coffee Tables
  • End Tables
  • Metal Bed Frames 
  • Kitchen Carts/Microwave carts
  • Clothing Dressersólarge and small
  • Pots, Pans, Utensils, Dishes
  • Adult women's clothing
  • Kid's clothing-Boys and Girls

Items we CANNOT accept

  • Mattresses/Box Springs
  • Couches/Loveseats/Recliners
  • Entertainment Centers
  • TVs, Computers, Electronics
  • Microwaves or Kitchen Appliances
  • Used Pillows
  • Pack-n-plays, carseats, cribs older than 1 year
  • Dirty or damaged Items
  • Luggage

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