Mercy Gives $600,000 to Communities

March 21, 2012

Sixth graders from Lebanon, Mo.

last year made a donation to L-LIFE,

the only food pantry in the county.

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:

  • Comadre Program, Laredo, Texas - $75,000, wellness screenings for women
  • Casa de Misericordia, Laredo, Texas - $20,000, fees and supplies in domestic violence shelter
  • Vaccines for New Americans, St. Louis, Mo. - $28,200, vaccines for new Americans
  • Medication Assistance and Transportation programs, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Washington, Mo.; Ardmore, Okla.; Lebanon, Mo.; Berryville, Ark. - $74,400, prescription medication and transportation assistance for underserved patients
  • ALIVE Nights of Safety Program, Washington, Mo. - $15,000, supplies for domestic violence shelter
  • C/SARA Foundation, Ardmore, Okla. - $30,000, education, collaboration and victim advocacy for children and adults experiencing crisis around trauma or abuse
  • Volunteers in Medicine/Mercy Medical Home Collaboration, St. Louis, Mo. - $24,400, medical home for uninsured adults
  • Mercy Community Connections and Mercy Resilience Groups, Joplin, Mo. – $47,500, Skills for Psychological Recovery small group programs for those impacted by the 2011 tornado
  • Rural Medical Care, Berryville, Ark.; Eureka Springs, Ark.; and Mountain View, Mo. – $31,000, facility expansion and pharmaceuticals
  • Good Samaritan Clinic, Ft. Smith, Ark. - $43,500, medical supplies and laboratory tests for diabetes patients
  • Mercy Road to Home, St. Louis, Mo. - $35,100, supplies and services to transition homeless men into permanent housing
  • Isabel’s House, Springfield, Mo. - $25,500, equipment and counselors to assist families in crisis
  • Hope Connection – Community Partnership of the Ozarks, Springfield, Mo. - $2,450, birth certificates and bus passes for homeless individuals
  • Mercy Learning Center, Metairie, La. - $40,000, tutoring and counseling for academically at-risk students
  • Kornerstone, Berryville, Ark. - $9,350, services and supplies for teen moms
  • Rural Food Pantries, Lebanon, Mo.; Mountain View, Mo.; Cassville, Mo.; Aurora, Mo.; and Berryville, Ark. - $50,000, food supplies for food pantries
  • Good Shepherd Community Clinic, Ardmore, Okla. - $20,000, diabetes supplies for clinic and patients
  • Wheel Chair Ramps, Ardmore, Okla. - $19,000, purchase of 10 permanent and 20 portable wheelchair ramps
  • Care to Learn, Lebanon, Mo., Springfield, Mo. - $9,600, purchase of hygiene supplies for school children.

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

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