A Solution forKids in CrisisMercy Home for Boys & Girls2009 Annual Report*Dear Friends, In the face of one of the greatest economic challenges this country has ever experienced, I am proud to say that the coworkers, the volunteers, the board members and the donors of Mercy Home for Boys & Girls rose to the occasion. Thanks to the ingenuity and endless compassion of so many throughout this year, Mercy Home was able todeliver the very best-quality care, support and opportunity for more than600 young men and women. For all of this, and for God’s abundant grace,I am deeply grateful.As the results in this report show, we are at our strongest when weunite for a common purpose — and through this shared mission,we change the lives of young men and women.Blessings,Rev. L. Scott DonahuePresident & CEO,Mercy Home for Boys & Girls“This report covers Mercy Home’s fiscal year, which ran from July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009.”
Kids In CrisisBefore entering Mercy Home, each child receives a Family Challengesthorough assessment to help us create an individualizedtreatment plan with goals and timetables. The data that Children come to Mercy Home from some of theresults from this process tells us the following about the most difficult circumstances. At the time of admission,challenges so many kids face. our young people reported:AbuseBefore they come to live at Mercy Home, 76% of No biological Family Challengesour young people had suffered some form of abuse: 100 father in the home100 Abuse 80 87% Substance abuse in Mercy Home family U.S.* 75 60 No biological 67% Family 71% parent as member guardian with mental 50 41% 40 47% illness 32% 25% 25 20 16.1% 9.1% 7.3% 0 0 Sexual Physical Emotional*According to data provided by US Dept. of Health and Human ServicesPoverty Impact on EducationThe percentage of young people who came to Mercy Home Chaos and instability in a child’s home severely impactfrom families below the poverty line jumped dramatically performance in school. Upon admission to Mercy Home:during the recession:100 Mercy Home Poverty Impact on Education 80 Tested 1+ year behind 49% 60 grade level in reading Upon Tested 1+ year behind 51% admission to 40 78% grade level in math Mercy Home 26% U.S.* Repeated a grade 20 Had poor attendance 26% 19% 0*According to data provided by the US Census Bureau 0 25 50 75 100
New youth who came to live with us this year 71 We Served: 91 Youth in our mentoring program, Friends FirstFormer residential youth in our AfterCare program 225Youth who lived in our Residential Program homes 170Additional youth who received an assessment or a 176 referral to another service agency Total youth in our three major programs — 662 Youth since 1887Residential, AfterCare, and Friends First mentoring 0 100 200 300 400 500 600 700 24,000A SolutionSince 1887, young people have come to Mercy Home seeking shelterfrom the storm and comfort in times of crisis. But, when they cometo us, they also yearn for a lasting solution — opportunities to makereal change, and tools to build a lifetime of achievement.Personal Progress 100 Goal Completion 100The measure of whether a child Our youth care team developsis healing is seen in countless 80 a treatment plan for each 80day-to-day achievements and young person that containsinteractions. Still, Mercy Home specific goals that youth mustuses a clinical testing tool to 60 work toward while living at 60 72% 65%chart each child’s progress the Home. The goals cover overcame/ successfullyin overcoming or lessening 40 lessened areas such as appropriate 40 completedproblems that had held them problems behavior, improved peer goalsback in the past. Results indicate and adult relationships,that 72% of the young people 20 and academic benchmarks. 20at Mercy Home over the last Last year, 65% of the youngyear had made progress in people who left Mercy Homethis area. 0 successfully completed their 0 treatment goals. Personal Progress Goal CompletionTime to HealMercy Home works with each child for as long as is needed Rebuilding Family Structureto affect lasting, positive change. Youth lived with us foran average of 22.1 months. Many have spent most of their After completingadolescence at Mercy Home. Mercy Home’s program 23% movedRebuilding Family Structure 77% returned to independent to appropriateAs part of our mission statement, Mercy Home supports adult living guardianhealing for families. This is just one way we promotepermanent change in a child. But we also seek to ensurethat each young person moves on to the safest and mostappropriate living environment possible after completingtheir time at Mercy Home. We support the continuedsuccess of all children through our AfterCare program,whether they live at home with guardians, or on theirown as adults.
Educational Success 100 Educational SuccessAt Mercy Home, we surround our young people 98% 76% 71%with an array of educational programs to help of youth 75 100% of those of youththem close achievement gaps. Our support who had of our still living who hadincludes placing them in the most appropriate with us at been behind been behind young 92%schools, providing tutoring five nights a week, the end of in reading in mathcomputerized learning software in math and 50 people of our attended the school seniors when they when theyreading, supplementary coursework delivered at school as year graduated entered enteredthe Home by professional educators, fully-equipped 25 required advanced Mercy Home Mercy Homelearning centers on each of our two campuses and a grade gained gainedmore. This coordinated approach gets results. level ground ground 0100 Mercy Home Youth Employed Preparing for Work Many young people come to Mercy Home from some 75 of the most economically-challenged areas of Chicago. 89% Youth 17+ who 94% who It’s critical that we underscore for these children the worked a worked held connection between hard work and success. 50 same job for summer job or internship 6+ months Even during a difficult recession, Mercy Home was able to with area provide children with opportunities to build hope based 25 businesses on achievement. Through summer jobs and internships, our young people acquire critical life skills and experience 0 that will enable them to grow into self-reliant adults.Like any young person, successis more sustainable when theyhave access to a network of Sustainable Successcontinuing support. In that way, Young people offered membership into AfterCare 100%our AfterCare program keeps upon leaving residential programsformer residents connected to Young people who connected with AfterCare within 6their Mercy Home family and 58% months of leaving Mercy Home for a strengths assessment,to an extensive host of support which is used in developing a long-term support planservices, such as educational 71%or career counseling, help in Young people remained active in AfterCare for at least a year after their strengths assessmentfinding housing, family therapy 71%and much more. The result is AfterCare members made appropriatethat more of our young people quarterly progress toward their potentialcontinue to make progress as 78% Maintained gains made while living at Mercy Homethey work toward creating alife outside of Mercy Home. 0 25 50 75 100
GovernanceChairman - Darryl G. Schimeck, Atlantic Plant ServicesPresident - Rev. L. Scott Donahue, Mercy Home for Boys & GirlsSecretary - Mary Pat HayTreasurer - Robert GrecoPatrick H. Arbor, Macquarie Futures USA, Inc.Rev. Michael Boland, Archdiocese of ChicagoRich Daniels, City Lights Music Inc.Edward J. Noha, CNA Financial CorporationMercy Home is nationally accreditedby the Council of Accreditation of Servicesfor Families and Children, Inc. (COA) FINANCIAL STATEMENT OPERATING REVENUE Support from donors 24,728,223 93.3% A CLOSER LOOK AT .2% 99.8% 2008—2009 Sale of printing services 1,004,934 3.8% Government Privately Government revenue 60,234 .2% Mercy Home raised Revenue Funded 99.8% of its operating Family support 56,262 .2% revenue privately. Other 653,458 2.5% This includes support Total 26,503,111 100% from donors, sale of printing services, family OPERATING EXPENSES support and other Program services miscellaneous sources. Youth care 15,449,463 56.5% Approximately 24.1% 2.8% Management 73.1% Mission press 1,006,000 3.7% 73 cents of every Fund and General Program Information services 2,649,927 9.7% dollar spent on Raising Services Televised Sunday mass 879,492 3.2% operating expenses went toward Total program services 19,984,882 73.1% program services. Fundraising 6,575,340 24.1% Mercy Home’s Management and general 776,466 2.8% fundraising Total current year operating expenses 27,336,688 100% ratio, defined Used from reserves 833,577 as fundraising Total 26,503,111 expenses as a percentage of support from donors, was 26.6% ASSETS Current assets 5,970,315 INVESTMENTS Investments 58,254,288 Total investments 58,254,288 Fixed assets 29,099,047 Permanently restricted for scholarships 3,189,697 Other 992,491 Board designated for annuity and trust obligations 9,486,547 Total assets 94,316,141 LIABILITIES Other restricted funds 74,654 Accounts payable and accrued expenses 2,667,657 Unrestricted investments available for future operations 45,503,390 Gift annuities payable, charitable 9,698,320 One way we honor our commitment to the children we care for trusts and asset retirement obligations is by maintaining an endowment, which provides a safety net. Total liabilities 12,365,977 The funds from the endowment are invested and overseen by NET ASSETS (Assets Minus Liabilities) our Board. As of June 30, 2009, our Unrestricted Endowment Unrestricted 67,894,670 would cover operating expenses for up to 20 months. Board designated for 9,486,547 Operating Expenses: $27,336,688 annuity and trust obligations Temporarily restricted 1,012,805 Unrestricted Endowment: $45,503,390 Permanently restricted 3,556,142 Total net assets 81,950,164
Looking Ahead Accountability. In the wake of the economic crisis, it’s the watchword not just on Wall Street, but also at the many charities all across this country that must faithfully steward the trust and support of donors. Americans remain a generous people. But especially in times like these, they are careful about where they direct their charitable dollars to have the greatest impact. It is the responsibility of organizations like Mercy Home to demonstrate a solid return on investment. So how did we do? As we report on our efforts during this past fiscal year, we see theunmistakable impact that our donors continue to have on kids raised in someof the most challenging backgrounds imaginable. Young people arrive atMercy Home struggling in nearly every area of their lives. But once here,they receive the safety and support they need to chart a clear path tosuccess and achievement.As a member of Mercy Home’s Board of Regents since 1993, I have had theprivilege of helping to manage the investment that donors make in young people’sfutures. During this past fiscal year, I was especially honored to be named chairmanof the Board of Regents and Board of Directors. In this role, I look forward toworking closely with Fr. Scott Donahue, my fellow boardmembers, and all of the amazing coworkers at the Homecarry out this life-saving mission of mercy. Mission Statement Mercy Home for Boys & Girls is a Catholic OrganizationSincerely, answering the Gospel call by ministering to childrenDarryl G. Schimeck and families in need.President Mercy Home:Atlantic Plant Services • aves young lives by providing a safe environment, S a nurturing home, and opportunity for an excellent education and means for personal growth. • upports healing for families. S • s committed to raising public awareness of youth I in need and encourages support to help them. • s sustained by benefactors who believe in the I miracle of God’s mercy in action. For more information visit us at www.mercyhome.org 1140 W. Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60607 312.738.7560