By Mercy's Courtney Landsberger
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 Oklahoma, 10 health and human services agencies will receive more than $165,400. The community organizations benefiting from Mercy Caritas grants include:
“We provide medical care in our communities every day, but the Mercy Caritas grants help us serve some of the most vulnerable members of our communities in a number of ways,” said Di Smalley, regional president of Mercy in Oklahoma. “The Sisters of Mercy always found a way to meet the needs of our communities. This is our legacy and our mission.”
Other organizations earmarked for grant money are: