About Us


To empower families to live in dignity and healthy independence.

To provide housing and supportive services to foster the independence of homeless women with children and at-risk women with children.

MERCY Communities is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization dedicated to addressing the crisis of family homelessness. We help homeless and at-risk women with children find the resources they need to provide a safe place for themselves and their families.

Since 1999 we have served roughly 1000 individuals (moms and their children). MERCY Communities has grown from providing 10 units of housing in 1999 to 26 units in 2016. In fiscal year 2016, MERCY Communities housed and supported 43 mothers with 85 children.  

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The History of the Starfish

Why a Starfish?

A young man walked down a deserted beach just before dawn. In the distance he saw a woman picking up stranded starfish and throwing them back into the sea. He gazed in wonder as she stooped again to throw the small starfish from the sand into the water.

“Woman, why do you spend so much energy doing what seems to be a waste of time?” The woman explained that the starfish would die if left in the sand in the morning sun. “But there must be thousands of beaches and millions of starfish on each of them,” exclaimed the young man. “How can you hope to make any difference?”

The woman looked down at the small starfish in her hand. As she gently tossed it into the safety of the sea she said quietly, “I made a difference to this one.”

Board of Directors


Vickie Evans

Vice Presidents

Nancy Eckert Martin
Jamie Stone


Danielle Hunt

Assistant Treasurer
Andrew Hartman

Sr. Marilyn Jean Runkel, OP


  • Sarah Adcock
  • Steve Arbuthnot
  • Jeff Cox
  • Nam Do
  • Robert T. Hall
  • Pat McGuigan Hubbell
  • Joelle Knoles
  • Michael Kos
  • Ryan Levi
  • Jennifer Grady-Paswater
  • Jodi Stone
  • Dennis Wilkinson

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Current Wish List
  • Adult and child-sized hangers
  • 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
  • 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
  • TVs, Computers, Electronics
  • Microwaves or Kitchen Appliances
  • Dirty or damaged Items

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