Mercy Gives $600,000 for Community Needs

July 22, 2016

by Mercy's Todd Nighswonger

More than 200,000 people in five states will get a lift from $600,000 in grants earmarked for the homeless, elderly, children and uninsured who have chronic illnesses.

The Mercy Caritas and Catherine McAuley Area of Greatest Need grant programs provide funds to health and human services programs that meet unique community needs.

“Caritas is a local, community-driven effort,” said Kevin Minder, executive director of mission and community health. “These grants assist organizations that help the most vulnerable members of our communities gain access to needed care and services.”

Now in its 29th year, Mercy Caritas (caritas means “charity” in Latin) is providing $500,000 in grants. The Catherine McAuley Area of Greatest Need fund is a $100,000 grant amount supported by Mercy co-workers as part of the annual Mercy Way campaign and administered through the Mercy Health Foundation.

The 29 recipient organizations include:


  • Community Development Corp. of Bentonville, Bentonville – essential services and transportation for homeless families in the Havenwood program
  • Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center, Hot Springs – administration of Children’s Advocacy Center to aid child and adolescent victims of abuse
  • Mercy Crest Assisted Living, Barling – rehabilitation exercise equipment for elderly residents in restorative care program
  • Restoration Village, Rogers – housing stabilization for homeless people in Village Advocacy program
  • Society of St. Vincent De Paul, Mother Teresa Conference, Rogers – groceries, meat and personal care products for food pantry customers


  • Mercy Learning Center, New Orleans – salaries and administration to provide a learning environment for children with autism and other educational needs


  • Community Health Clinic of Joplin, Joplin – pneumonia testing and seasonal medications
  • Council of Churches of the Ozarks, Springfield – prescription drug and transportation assistance for women in homeless shelter as part of Safe to Sleep program
  • Good Samaritan Care Clinic, Mountain View – antibiotics, hypertension and diabetes medications, as well as other common medications, to treat chronic illnesses among uninsured
  • Good Samaritan Care Clinic, Mountain View – dental extractions for uninsured and low-income patients
  • Integrated Health Network, St. Louis – community referral coordinator program expansion
  • Isabel's House Crisis Nursery, Strong Kids, Strong Families, Strong Community program, Springfield – providing care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for children when the family is in crisis
  • Kornerstone, Shell Knob – infrastructure and administration, doula advocate and transportation to medical appointments for teen parents
  • LifeHouse Crisis Maternity Home, Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri, Springfield – food and van to support residents
  • Mercy Health Foundation Diabetes Bridge Clinic, Joplin – supplies for diabetes management program
  • Mercy Kids in Schools, St. Louis – licensed clinical social worker for the Mercy Kids in Schools program in North St. Louis
  • Missouri State University Department of Nursing, Springfield – screening for cardiac and diabetes care for uninsured at MSU Springfield clinic
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ozarks, Springfield – dental supplies for children via the Tooth Truck
  • Safe and Sober, Springfield – underage drinking prevention program for Missouri high school students
  • Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service, St. Charles – improved client access to health care for low-income families and homeless individuals


  • El Reno Blessings Baskets, El Reno – basket assistance programs for low-income families, including summer food, school supplies and Christmas baskets
  • Good Shepherd Catholic School at Mercy, Oklahoma City – playground equipment for three age groups of children with autism in Let’s Play! program
  • Health Alliance for the Uninsured, Oklahoma-wide – diabetes eye exams, eyeglasses, eye injections, laser treatments or cataract surgery for low-income and uninsured patients of safety net clinics
  • Linwood Elementary, Oklahoma City – equipment for educational nutrition/gardening program for students of inner-city school
  • Mercy Health Foundation Ada, Ada – direct patient care costs and incidentals such as gas cards for rural cancer patients and their families
  • Mercy Hospital Tishomingo, Johnston County – school weekend backpack initiative
  • Mercy in Schools, Oklahoma City – ongoing mental health, nutrition and healthy living education, support and facilitation of services for students, staff and family in the city and the surrounding area


  • Casa de Misericordia, Laredo – cell phones, transitional needs and more for domestic abuse victims to help them obtain a fresh start in Begin Again program
  • Mercy Ministries of Laredo, Laredo – compensation for procedures and treatments for uninsured cancer patients
A volunteer looks over the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s food pantry shelves in Rogers, Arkansas. The food pantry is one of this year’s 29 grant recipients.

A volunteer looks over the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s food pantry shelves in Rogers, Arkansas. The food pantry is one of this year’s 29 grant recipients.

Media Contacts

Todd Nighswonger
Fort Smith
Phone: 479-314-6613