During the worst recession the U.S. has experienced since the Great Depression, the Sisters of Mercy remain true to their mission. In an effort to continue to support health and services programs across Mercy’s service area, the Sisters of Mercy Health System recently awarded $600,000 to almost two dozen community programs.
“This is a gift to serve those who are economically poor and to work for change on their behalf,” said Lynn Britton, president and CEO of Mercy. “We have a 200-year heritage of caring for impoverished women, children and the sick going back to Dublin, Ireland. This is about Mercy supporting the communities we serve.”
This year the money will provide parenting education to pregnant mothers in high school, give dental care to economically disadvantaged children and benefit other outreach programs across six states. The breakdown includes:
Beginning in 1988, Mercy has awarded Caritas grants each year – today totaling more than $8.5 million to communities across Mercy. The Caritas grant – named after the Latin word “caritas” – means charity. The $100,000 Catherine McAuley Area of Greatest Need grant, which is funded by Mercy corporate co-worker donations each year, bears the name of Mercy Founder Catherine McAuley. Co-workers have donated $450,000 since the grant’s inception four years ago. This year, the $100,000 grant was split between Fort Smith, Ark., and Washington, Mo., to provide dental care for the underserved.
“The Sisters of Mercy have once again given us the opportunity to demonstrate the ongoing commitment to the communities we serve,” said Britton. “We want to improve access to health care and reach out to the economically disadvantaged, continuing a long heritage of giving.”