M.E.R.C.Y. Communities Mission

M.E.R.C.Y. Communities is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization dedicated to addressing the crisis of family homelessness . We help homeless and at-risk individuals find the resources they need to provide a safe home for themselves and their families.

Since 1999 we have served over 1000 individuals (moms and their children). Over these past 15 years M.E.R.C.Y. Communities has grown from providing 10 units of housing in 1999 to 26 units in 2014.  In fiscal year 2014 M.E.R.C.Y. Communities housed and supported thirty four mothers with seventy one children.  


M.E.R.C.Y. Communities offers programs and services for homeless, low-income, or at-risk single parents, over the age of eighteen with one or more children. Our services are designed for individuals who are committed to learning the life skills, job skills, and parenting skills necessary to live a self-sufficient life. To participate, families must  be ready to take steps toward life transformations through structured, value-based, goal-directed activities.

The goal of all programming is to assist homeless young women and their children to achieve stability in their lives by providing them with a stable home and intensive supportive services.

More Than a Place to Stay

Our professional staff meet 1:1 several times weekly with the clients and their children.

In addition, one evening per week, M.E.R.C.Y. hosts various speakers, activities, demonstrations, videos, educators and community volunteers to provide small learning sessions centered on the pillars of self-sufficiency:  Housing, Parenting, Budgeting and Life Skills. 

Children also are provided with counseling, as needed, with emphasis on educational achievements. 

We are thankful for your support!

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Current Wish List
  • Large kitchen trash cans
  • Bathroom towels/wash cloths
  • Kitchen towel sets
  • Wall clocks
  • Silverware
  • Mops, Buckets, Brooms & Dust pans
  • Floor & Table Lamps
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Dish washing soap
  • Household paper products – Kleenex, toilet paper, paper towels
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Shelving (Any kind, such as bookshelf’s, laundry shelving, etc.)
  • Toddler Beds
  • Crib Sheets / Twin Sheets / Double Sheets
  • Blankets
Gently Used Donations

We accept these items in almost new or gently used condition. 

  • Kitchen Tables and full chair sets
  • Coffee Tables
  • End Tables
  • Metal Bed Frames
  • Wood Bed Frames (upon Inspection)
  • Kitchen carts
  • Bookcases
  • Clothing Dressers-Large and small
  • Pots, Pans, Utensils, Dishes

Items we CANNOT accept

  • Mattresses/Box Springs
  • Couches/Loveseats
  • TV's,Computers,Electronics
  • Microwaves or Kitchen appliances
  • Dirty or Damaged items
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2013-2014 Annual Report