Thanks to $560,000 in Mercy grants, more than 63,000 people in multiple states will receive needed dental care, counseling, housing, meals and school lunches.
Since 1988, the Mercy Caritas (Latin for charity) grant program has provided more than $14.5 million to communities. This year’s $500,000 in grants will affect almost three dozen community programs across the Midwest. In addition, the Catherine McAuley Area of Greatest Need grant – which is funded through Mercy co-worker donations – provides an extra $60,000 to Mercy-sponsored programs.
“Our Founder Catherine McAuley and the Sisters of Mercy became known as the ‘Walking Sisters’ because they were determined not to remain cloistered in a convent, and they went out into the communities to care for those in need,” said Kevin Minder, executive director of mission and community health for Mercy. “As Mercy, this is what we do. This grant money allows us to provide additional services for those in need.”
In Arkansas, eight health and human services agencies will receive more than $150,000. The community organizations benefiting from Mercy Caritas grants include:
“Mercy Caritas grants help us serve some of the most vulnerable members of our communities by helping the agencies they turn to when they are most in need,” said Eric Pianalto, president of Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas. “We do this in the tradition of the Sisters of Mercy and in keeping with our mission to bring to life the healing ministry of Jesus.”
Mercy Hospital Fort Smith President Ryan Gehrig said the grants will aid programs that assist young women and the elderly.
“We’re proud of the tradition of our Mercy Caritas grants in giving a boost to agencies that support those in our community lacking basic resources needed to build a healthy life,” Gehrig said. “Our founder, Catherine McAuley, believed that greater goods could be achieved when we work together in collaborative ways to address our community’s needs.”
Organizations earmarked for grant money in other states are: