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 . 

Since 1999 we have served roughly 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 fourty three mothers with eighty five children.  


M.E.R.C.Y. Communities offers programs and services for homeless, or at-risk women, 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 at least 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 Life Skill 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!

We would like to thank the JP Morgan Chase Foundation for their continued support of the MERCY programs. 

We want to thank them for their 2015 generous grant for our Workforce Development/Continuing Education Program.

By the Foundation joining with us in this initiative they are supporting young, disadvantaged women and children an opportunity to achieve self-sufficiency.

Junaia P. Carter, MD 5K Run/Walk - SIU School of Medicine

DCJH Luncheon Presentation

Diocese Campaign for Justice and Hope Luncheon's 

Presentation of check to Executive Director Joan Hysler for our Programs!!

We would like to thank them for their continued

support of the M.E.R.C.Y. Programs

Friday afternoon at the Movies!!

Our Service coordinators & the kids at a Friday afternoon movie. "Inside Out" 

Here are the older kids at "Pixels"

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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