Whether it’s much needed funds for domestic violence shelters, teen moms, families in crisis or counseling for those still suffering from the devastating effects of last year’s EF5 tornado in Joplin, Mercy continues to respond to the needs of the communities it serves.
Since 1988, Mercy has gifted a total of $9 million to communities across the Midwest, and this year awards $600,000 to almost two dozen community programs across five states.
“When our Founder Catherine McAuley opened the first House of Mercy in Dublin, Ireland, in 1827, the needs were great,” said Lynn Britton, president and CEO of Mercy across seven states. “The needs today in the communities we serve across the Midwest continue to grow, and we continue to find ways to serve those needs. It’s in our DNA to serve those who are economically poor and to work for change on their behalf.”
This year the money will provide everything from counseling for academically at-risk students to volunteers for a medical home for uninsured adults, bus passes and birth certificates for the homeless to vaccinations for new Americans. The breakdown includes:
Beginning in 1988, Mercy has awarded Caritas grants each year – today totaling $9 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 $550,000 since the grant’s inception five years ago. This year, the $100,000 grant will provide tutoring and counseling services in Louisiana as well as food supplies in rural communities in Missouri and Arkansas.
“We remain true to the mission of our Sisters of Mercy who have cared for impoverished women, children and the sick for almost 200 years,” said Britton. “We want to improve access to health care and reach out to the economically disadvantaged. This is about Mercy supporting the communities we serve.”
Mercy is the eighth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 31 hospitals, more than 200 outpatient facilities, 38,000 co-workers and 1,500 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. For more about Mercy, visit www.mercy.net.