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Waif's Messenger Newsletter Fall 2011
Waif's Messenger Newsletter Fall 2011
Waif's Messenger Newsletter Fall 2011
Waif's Messenger Newsletter Fall 2011
Waif's Messenger Newsletter Fall 2011
Waif's Messenger Newsletter Fall 2011
Waif's Messenger Newsletter Fall 2011
Waif's Messenger Newsletter Fall 2011
Waif's Messenger Newsletter Fall 2011
Waif's Messenger Newsletter Fall 2011
Waif's Messenger Newsletter Fall 2011
Waif's Messenger Newsletter Fall 2011
Waif's Messenger Newsletter Fall 2011
Waif's Messenger Newsletter Fall 2011
Waif's Messenger Newsletter Fall 2011
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  • 1. ue Sc oo h lI ss Waifs’ to T h e ck MessengerBa of Merc y hoMe for Boys & gir l s F all 2011 • Vo lum e 112, Numb er 1 P u b l i sh e d fo r o ve r 10 0 ye a r s I n side: A Su m me r of L e a r n i ng • Ne w Se a s on s, Ne w St a r t s Giv i ng Hop e to O t he r s • From Viole nce to Sa fet y • E njoy i ng Ti me O f f
  • 2. Kidz Korner T he boys and girls of Mercy home kept busy and learning all summer long in our summer enrichment program. At Mercy Home, we understand that success begins with a good education. That’s why we make it a priority to see that each child in our care has every opportunity to build Our summer learning sessions helped struggling students a brighter, more rewarding future. So this summer, to find the extra support and resources they need to find success in the classroom — and outside of it. prepare for the school year ahead, our kids participated in a host of unique courses to inspire their imaginations and ignite a lifelong love of learning in their hearts. The summer offered our kids a special Music lessons throughout the summer not only gave our kids time opportunity to and space to develop their talents, but they also taught them the work inside our importance of discipline, determination and hard work. vegetable garden, learning the ins and outs of urban farming — and Even though school had ended and summertime had begun, our young developing an people were inspired to continue learning — seeking a host of classes appreciation for to help raise their grades and strengthen their skills. an afternoon spent working under the summer sun. 2 Fa l l 2 011
  • 3. noitcefleR s ttocS rehtaF ’Father Scott’ Reflection sfall Brings new startThe fall has always been a very in this issue of The Waifs’special time of year around Mercy Messenger, we’ll take you into ourhome. As the weather cools and home as our children gear up forthe trees turn from summer green their new classrooms. on pages 4to bright orange, our home fills and 5, you’ll read about Jeanna, awith the excitement that only a bright young woman who’s madenew school year can bring. tremendous strides — thanks to you — both inside and outside school.Uniforms are dragged forth fromthe depths of closets; school shoes There’s a story of our kids’ recentpolished; book bags emptied from service trip on pages 6 and 7. Thissummer trips to the beach. And all special journey is certainly a piecethe while, there is a tremendous of their education — lending themfeeling of eagerness — and understanding and empathy, andhope — for what lies ahead. teaching them to give back to others. Contentsyou know as well as i do that for We’ll also introduce you to omar A Second Chancekids like ours — kids who have (pages 8 and 9), a boy with aseen more heartbreak and pain remarkable story, who found at School 4–5than anyone should — looking a future and a family in Mercyforward with hope is no small home, after his war-torn country Givingaccomplishment. But these children took both away from him. Something Back 6–7can finally overcome the painof their pasts and look toward i hope that as you read this special Mercy Brings Peace 8–9their futures because of you, and issue of The Waifs’ Messenger, you see how your support — and theall the love, support and prayers Sorting Outyou share so freely with them. support of good folks like you — has shaped our Mercy home and Planned Giving 10–11it’s especially thrilling for me to see touched the heart of each boy andour young people off on their first girl who has walked through our Lessons onday of school, to face the challenges doors. Perhaps more importantly, the Court 12and rewards that they’ll meet in i hope you know how that blessedthe new year. This time of year support will help save even more Summer Fun 13always brings me great pleasure, young lives in the years to come.affording me ample opportunity to Blessings, Mercy Home Heroes 15marvel at how much our childrenhave grown — thanks to the For an insider’s look aroundconfidence they gain from their our Mercy Home, pleaseeducation, and the support they visit www.mercyhome.org.find in faithful friends like you. T h e Wa i F s ’ m e s s e n g e r 3
  • 4. eDUcATion Support Leads to Second Chance a Love of Learning Re-emerges at Mercy Home t 15 years old, Jeanna learned a very not score anything higher than c’s and important lesson: that education D’s. Without the structure, stability and would be her springboard to a better safety of a good home, Jeanna couldn’t life, far removed from the pain and help but struggle with her schoolwork. she struggle that had always haunted her. had no place to do homework, never had a good night’s sleep or regular, healthful even as a young child, Jeanna had meals, and as a result, rarely turned in delighted in the idea of school, listening assignments or paid attention in her classes. eagerly as the neighborhood kids talked about their kindergarten classes. But “her home environment was with an absent father and a drug- destroying her education,” said Jeanna’s Mercy home school resource coordinator. “she had no support at home, and it showed in her grades.” When Jeanna was 12 years old, her mother left Jeanna with her aunt for what was supposed to be the afternoon. she never returned. it wasn’t until three days later that police found Jeanna’s mother in an abandoned building on chicago’s south side, overdosed on cocaine. confused, heartbroken and afraid, Jeanna continued to live with her aunt, who already struggled to make ends meet raising two kids of her own. her aunt worked to provide her niece the Through dedication to their schoolwork, our kids — like Jeanna — supervision, support and attention learn the value of hard work and discipline that helps them Jeanna needed — but it wasn’t enough. develop into productive, self-reliant and successful adults. And losing her mother only worsened addicted mother, Jeanna never had Jeanna’s uphill battle in the classroom. the opportunity to thrive until she After she failed 6th grade, her aunt knew found her way to Mercy home. she needed help raising this struggling young woman. so she turned to Mercy As Jeanna grew up, she realized that she home, and shortly thereafter Jeanna had a natural curiosity toward school. “i became part of our loving family. begged my mom to let me go to school,” Jeanna remembered. “i would hear the To prepare her for the upcoming school other kids in our building talking about year, Mercy home’s education specialists kindergarten and i couldn’t wait to go.” immersed Jeanna in our summer enrichment program, which keeps our But even though she loved to be in the kids learning throughout the summer. classroom, over the years Jeanna could 4 Fa l l 2 011
  • 5. Back to School Issue “I’ll get to that tomorrow…” Writing a will is one of those things that we’d prefer not to deal with. Too many details… too many decisions. But the process doesn’t have to beAt Mercy Home, our young people learn that building overwhelming. At Mercy Home we’vea brighter future starts with getting an excellent put together a Will Kit that will not onlyeducation and taking their studies seriously. help you get started, but also provide the tools to guide you along the way.With the support of our education team,Jeanna found herself completing homeworkassignments, studying for tests and showing Already have a will? This kit can be a tremendous helpup to school prepared. Jeanna’s failing grades as you review your plans.slowly turned into A’s and B’s and she finally To request your free Will Kit, complete this couponbegan to feel ownership over her education. or call 1-800-378-8266.“i was able to come to school and just focus on school,” said Jeanna. “At Mercy home, i And while you’re at it, please consider including a bequest didn’t have to worry about where i was for the children of Mercy Home. Our legal title is: going to sleep or what i was going to eat.” The Mission of Our Lady of Mercy, Inc.now Jeanna takes her academics very seriously, Please send me your free Will Kit.and works determinedly to earn her outstanding Please have someone contact me.grades. As a result, our Mercy home familyis proud to announce that last spring, Jeanna I have already included Mercy Homegraduated from the 8th grade — and earned a in my estate plans.spot at one of chicago’s prestigious high schools.“Mercy home made a big difference in my Name(s) life,” Jeanna said. “They made me see that i’m a better person and can do better in school.” AddressBut Jeanna’s words of praise are not just for Mercyhome — they’re for our extended family and City/State/Zipfriends like you, too. After all, it’s thanks to kindand generous people like you that Mercy home Phonecan provide children like Jeanna the opportunityfor change, healing and growth. it’s your faithful Birthdate(s)support that brings miracles to our home, andfor that our family will always be grateful. Mercy Home for Boys & Girls Attn: Dan Pritchard • 1140 West Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL 60607-2906 mercyhome.org • 1.800.378.8266 T h e Wa i F s ’ m e s s e n g e r 5
  • 6. s e r v i c e T r i P Kids Give Homes, Hope to Others a t Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, we consider ourselves tremendously blessed by gracious friends like you, who give of yourselves to brighten the lives of our hurting kids. Through your generously shared prayers and support, our Mercy Home can continue to provide children with a loving family, an education and a chance to overcome the obstacles of their pasts. “It was really hard work, but when I thought about how much we would be helping one family, it made [the work] easier.” To see these children heal and grow into young men and women » Jamal is a remarkable transformation. They begin to understand that they, too, can make a difference in others’ lives by sharing their a house. Mentors, who have already time, hearts and talents. Just graduated from the program, oversee as you have sacrificed so much the building and offer guidance and for them, our boys and girls are encouragement along the way. eager to give back to others. “Learning about the obstacles that the And ultimately, by following mentors overcame was very inspiring,” your generous example, our said Susan Hackney, Mercy Home children are able to find their program manager. “It was a great paths toward healing. experience for our young men.” Recently, a group of 10 young For three days, our young men woke men made the 12-hour road up at dawn, rolled up their sleeves and trip down to Greenville, pitched in alongside these local workers. South Carolina to help build With each advance they made, our Our young people were eager houses through the Homes young men grew more determined to to follow your generous of Hope organization. Homes see their project through — and tookexample and spend time giving of Hope provides housing for extraordinary care in building a home back to families in need. homeless and low-income that would benefit a family in need. families, while also providing job training and support for Through the almost unbearable former substance abusers. Southern sun, our dedicated group helped to install a roof and Men from local faith-based addiction- floors, and painted walls. recovery programs are taught basic carpentry, plumbing and electric “It was really hard work,” said 17-year- skills — the skills needed to build old Jamal. “But when I thought about6 Fa l l 2 011
  • 7. Back to School Issue At Mercy Home, our kids take even the smallest act of kindness to heart. They’ve been witness to how far a little compassion and friendship can go — thanks to good people like you — and they’re grateful for the chance to pay it forward.how much we would be helping one south would provide. our staff membersfamily, it made [the work] easier.” led the group through south carolina, picnicking, riding bikes and dining outTo keep their spirits up and rally together to celebrate the fruits of their labor.as a team, our hardworking groupgathered each evening for dinner, giving When our young men returned tothem a chance to share their feelings and Mercy home after three days of hardencourage each other through the tough labor, exhausted but satisfied, theywork. Tending to their sore muscles, reflected on their time away.our young men offered praise andacknowledgement to those who had gone “it was one of the most amazing thingsabove and beyond expectations that day. i’ve ever done,” said 18-year-old Jermaine. “it’s an experience that i will never forget.”of course, the trip wasn’t all hardwork. While we strive for our kids Although our kids will never forget theto understand the importance of fun they shared on their journey, it isvolunteering their time and energy to certainly the generosity of spirit theybenefit those less fortunate, we also know found in one another, and the willingnessit’s important for kids to experience to improve the lives of others that havediversity and broaden their horizons. resonated most deeply with them — a life lesson they might not have learned if itso many of the young people at Mercy were not for the example of friendship andhome have never known more than the compassion from good people like you.streets of the city — so they were eagerto embark on the adventure that the T h e Wa i F s ’ m e s s e n g e r 7
  • 8. y o U T h s T o ry From Violence to Mercy: A Story of Survival m ‘Now I Do Not Have to Be Scared. Now I Have a Future.’ ost days, omar is like any other teenage boy. he sometimes plays his music too loud, loves to play soccer and is impatient to get his driver’s license. he hopes one day to be a famous athlete, or perhaps a renowned businessman. other days, however, omar is barely recognizable as the 16-year-old he is, resembling instead a beleaguered and war- weary man many times his age. omar, who will be entering the 10th grade this fall, came to Mercy home just over a year ago. however, his story — unlike those of so many other children here — begins not in the streets of inner-city chicago, but in a small town in Uganda. “It was so omar was raised by an aunt and uncle after his mother died dangerous you during childbirth when omar Thanks to the compassion, support and prayers was a toddler. his father died later of friends like you, Omar — and countless kids could not go that year after a long illness. just like him — finally found the safety and love his war-torn country had taken away from him. out at night, omar recalls his early years with his aunt, uncle and cousin as and it was not relatively happy. There was always enough food, he was often able to go to school and he made friends while playing in soccer games almost always safe to daily with neighborhood children. Though omar remembers witnessing periodic violence, the sharp sound of gunfire and hiding from the even go out noise, he said he always felt secure — as long as his family was there. however, that delicate sense of safety began to erode as violence in his during the day.” area increased and the occasional gunshots became commonplace. it finally shattered one day when omar was about 11, after his » Omar uncle left for the market to buy food and supplies for the family. omar says he remembers hearing the gunfire that followed, but tried to brush off his fear. his uncle was always careful, he thought, and this round of violence would pass as all others had before. 8 Fa l l 2 011
  • 9. Back to School IssueThrough the efforts of faithful friends like you, our children find healing, happinessand the encouragement needed to work toward a brighter tomorrow.But this time was different. his uncle had They moved into a small, sparse chicagobeen caught in the crossfire, and he had apartment, his aunt doing her best todied before he could be taken to a hospital. make a comfortable home for the children. however, before long, the neighborhood“i could not believe it,” omar said, still they moved into proved to be little safer thanstruggling with the english words to describe the places they had fled. gangs controlledwhat happened. “it was very bad and my aunt the area, and omar and his cousin sooncried for many days. My uncle was a very found themselves pressured to join.good man and loved our family very much.” Tragically, omar’s cousin fell into theomar’s aunt soon decided that the wrong crowd and has maintained littlefamily could no longer risk the contact with his family since. his aunt,escalating violence. she fled, taking determined not to lose omar too, searchedher son and omar to a cousin’s home for help and was referred to Mercy home.in the country’s capital, Kampala. since arriving at Mercy home last year,once they arrived, however, the family omar has taken full advantage of ourfound little peace. There was little money, academic and therapeutic programs, andno opportunity to go to school and their has made remarkable progress. he is aneighborhood was plagued by crime. dedicated student who makes his aunt“it was so dangerous you could not go and his Mercy home family proud, and isout at night, and it was not always safe to widely recognized for his work ethic andeven go out during the day,” said omar. for serving as a leader among his peers.“We tried to hold school lessons at home, “i feel that for the first time in many years, ibut it was very difficult to focus.” am safe,” omar said. “i think that, for a veryfinally, determined to find a better life for her long time, i was running. But now, i do notfamily, omar’s aunt packed her few remaining have to be scared. now, i have a future.”belongings and sought safety in the U.s. T h e Wa i F s ’ m e s s e n g e r 9
  • 10. P l A n n e D g i v i n g What in the World Is Planned Giving? g etting too much mail from charities? you’re not alone. it’s probably a safe bet that some of that mail promotes something called “planned giving.” But what in the world is planned giving? sounds pretty dry, doesn’t it? But if you can invest three minutes of your time to read this article, not even pay income to you (and/or to someone you love). here are four ideas worth taking the time to consider. Idea #1 Perhaps the most common planned gift is one made through your will or trust. such a gift doesn’t take one penny from your pocket today, but down the road it will provide our only will you learn a few interesting children with a pocket full of miracles. planned giving concepts, you might also discover an idea or two that you can designate a specific gift or could benefit you right away. dollar amount, a percentage of what you have, or even share the remainder When you hear the words “planned of your estate after other loved ones giving,” do certain images flash have been cared for. if you don’t before your eyes? for example: have a will, writing one need not be The planned giving material you expensive at all. should your plans are sent probably uses lots of four already be in place, don’t let that stop and five syllable words. it most you: a simple codicil will fit the bill. likely discusses giving strategies And, you can change your mind at No wonder this that are so complex that it would any time if circumstances warrant. take a team of lawyers to explain. stuff doesn’t Idea #2 get read. And no wonder this stuff doesn’t get read. And that’s a shame, because some of life insurance is a “sleeper” type of that’s a shame, these ideas really can help you — as gift. consider the policy your parents purchased for you years ago. it’s sitting because some well as the charities you love. At Mercy in a file somewhere, right? or what home, we use plain english to present of these ideas ideas that can have a huge impact. about that policy you purchased in case something happened to you but really can help So let’s get started. that “something” never happened? you — as well simply put, planned gifts offer our There are plenty of examples, but as the charities friends alternative ways to support the point is life insurance can make you love. Mercy home’s children, often with an excellent — and flexible — gift significant tax advantages. These to support our work. it’s simple to types of gifts can also free your cash include Mercy home on a change to do other things. some planned gifts of beneficiary form; you can always 10 Fa l l 2 011
  • 11. Back to School Issue Dan Pritchard is Mercy Home’s director of planned giving. If you have a question about will preparation, a gift annuity, a charitable remainder trust or other types of planned gifts, call Dan at 1-800-378-8266. He’ll be happy to help, and you’ll get a straightforward answer in plain English. change your mind later if you need to. There’s no cash out of your pocket today, and your gift helps us plan for our future. Idea #3 Do you own an irA? irA accounts can be very highly taxed at death. Making Mercy home a full or partial beneficiary of that account could free up other less-taxed assets for those you love. By the way, if you’re age 70½ or older, in 2011 you can use up to $100,000 of your required annual distribution to help Mercy home’s kids. special rules for the rest of your life (lives). you apply, though, so be sure to call us first can never outlive them! The payout at 1-800-378-8266 to get all the details. rate is fixed and based on your age(s). The payments are even partially tax- Idea #4 free. Just call our toll-free number to request a free, no-obligation proposal. finally, earlier we spoke of a way to make a gift to Mercy home and receive We hope this short lesson in planned income back. There are a number giving was helpful. if you would like of ways to do this, but the most more details about any of these topics, common is a charitable gift annuity. you can request our free planning guide, Directions. simply complete the coupon By creating a gift annuity, you and/or below or call our office; once again, someone you love will receive payments the number is 1-800-378-8266. To learn more, call us at (800) 378-8266   Please send me your free booklet, Directions    Please have someone contact me Name Address City            State       Zip Day Phone          E-mail Mercy Home for Boys & Girls • 1140 W. Jackson Blvd. • Chicago, IL 60607 • mercyhome.org T h e Wa i F s ’ m e s s e n g e r 11
  • 12. h o o P s T o h o M e W o r K One of the most important life lessons for our children is learning to workReaching new heightS together and support one another. What better way to impart these values than encouraging our kids to discover them on their own, on the basketball court? hoops to homework is a weekend basketball league here at Mercy home. it serves as a personal and academic incentive for our kids — and a fun and rewarding way to achieve the benefits of exercise, stress release and teamwork. The heart of the league lies in teaching our children the importance of valuing their education. To play each week, all kids must maintain a high grade point average and exercise good behavior and measurable growth in their programs here at Mercy home. Through organized games, our children find an outlet to relax and to experience something they rarely had before coming to Mercy home … the opportunity to just be a kid. The Mercy home teams consist of some of our most hurt and damaged kids who’ve committed themselves to the idea of working together toward a common goal — excelling on the basketball court. “i think my team has an advantage, because we’re really learning how to work together,” said Dan, one of our older boys. “every week we come out and support each other — and it shows, because we keep winning our games.” Just to sit alongside the court as our kids lace up their sneakers and gather for practice or a friendly game, is to witness true team spirit. While the kids run practice drills, they constantly encourage one another to keep up the good work. And even when there is a bad play, the teams never allow anything to break their spirits. staff has even noticed how the kids have truly bonded together. “There’s just a sense of camaraderie and respect for one another. They’re all so dedicated to the games — and to their schoolwork — and it’s really showing. They support one another and that’s just so amazing to witness,” one of our coaches said. But if the Mercy home basketball teams prove anything, it is that they are truly committed to overcoming obstacles that come their way. And with the help and encouragement of one another — and the kindness of our good friends — they will surely find the success, reward and happiness they’ve earned. 12 Fa l l 2 011
  • 13. Back to School IssuePicnic Reunites ‘Family’Aftercare is a program offering lifelong support for menand women who have left Mercy home’s halls, but notour hearts. Through personalized “passion plans,” ourAftercare team helps former residents take the stepsthey need to achieve their goals. special events likethe summer Picnic, a favorite of members and co-workers alike, allows everyone to catch up with theirextended Mercy home family and make new friends.Aftercare members, their families and Mercy homeco-workers all enjoyed their time together at this“family reunion” and picnic. Among the adultsthere was some stiff competition at bags, whilechildren of all ages won prizes in a range ofcontests and games. everyone agreed that it wasa great day to come together to visit, tell stories,and share laughs with old friends and new —the perfect picnic in the park! Lights, Camera, Action! As the sun set on a warm evening this summer, our kids gathered on the lawn behind the Girls Home, with drinks and snacks for everyone. excitement was in the air at this favorite summertime event for our boys and girls. Movie nights let them relax on the lawn, munch on popcorn and candy, and hang out at the movies without giving up the comforts of home. spread out on blankets or clustered in chairs with friends, the kids were totally immersed in the silver screen. special events like Movie night on the lawn are lots of fun, and they’re also important parts of the care Mercy home provides to our boys and girls. Whenever we can help them enjoy some time off, or give them great new experiences they’ll remember with a smile, we’re helping them heal and grow. letting our kids just be kids helps them forget their worries and enjoy the simple pleasures of childhood and hanging out with friends. And that may be the most special feeling of all. T h e Wa i F s ’ m e s s e n g e r 13
  • 14. Our Friends Remembered We wish to acknowledge special friends and benefactors who have remembered Mercy home for Boys & girls in their estate plans and have gone to their eternal rest. Please remember them in your prayers. † rev. francis X. Alabart, † charles hanley, glen head, ny † raymond rand, ortonville, Mn Delano, cA † claire Kneisel, chicago, il † rosalie Mary reil, fredericks, vA † charles Aylstock, cincinnati, oh † ralph Knippen, Winfield, il † Marion schwass, lake county, in † rosemary Batcher, † Margaret clark lester, † helen M. semmerling, chicago, il rio rancho, nM Willow street, PA † Bernadette shoup, Toronto, on † e. neil Belland, rapid river, Mi † Billye s. long, las vegas, nv † george sopczak, Worcester, MA † Josephine Benfatti, Brooklyn, ny † heinz luedeking, Miami, fl † lucille M. stecjer, la crosse, Wi † lorraine Bryar, oak lawn, il † Antoinette Maddalo, yonkers, ny † charles J. streicher, † noel claudy, st. charles, il † Alice Manning, Whiting, nJ West seneca, ny † eugene coan, Arlington † Margaret Mccarthy, † John T. sweet, ft. Walton heights, il Boca raton, fl Beach, fl † Mary Daley, cranston, ri † Adelaide r. McDonough, † george Terlep, spring hill, fl † laneva Dehart, st. Peters, Mo chicago, il † ralph W. Thelen, chicago, il † Joseph f. Densberger, † grace e. Mcevoy, new york, ny Des Plaines, il † Anna Mae e. Tragesser, † faith v. Mcintyre, new york, ny lagrange, il † Mary K. Dick, chicago, il † Marion f. Melon, Monrovia, cA † Anne B. Doherty, south † irene verneziale, Allentown, PA † louis Miglio, Decatur, il richmond hill, ny † Janet Z. verveer, Alexandria, vA † Margaret M. Moellers, † clarence J. eaton, glenview, il independence, iA † Margaret Widmer, cleveland, oh † Angela ernst, stevens Point, Wi † cathy Murphy, † casimir Wojcik, chicago, il † gerard fassbinder, elgin, iA san francisco, cA † Dorothy Wright, Kenner, lA † edwin B. gainsborg, † Teresa Michaels o’Brien, † celestine s. Wrobel, castleton, ny hollywood, fl scottsdale, AZ † Margaret Zuchowski, † reginald J. groves, ritzville, WA † owen o’rourke, Mobile, Al Des Plaines, il † Pataricia Piepho, Park ridge, il if you wish to include Mercy home for Boys & girls in your estate plans, our legal name is: The Mission of Our Lady of Mercy, Inc. BEANO revisited by Margaret Ahern first published in the May 1960 edition of The Waifs’ Messenger. 14 Fa l l 2 011
  • 15. Back to School Issue Network me Hands-on Hero #75, Mercy Ho A special thank you to our friends for their extraordinary roup efforts on behalf a dedicated g Hands- on Network is that of the children of Mercy Home e little extras by Deb Hoffman, the d together to provide th f meeting Mercy Home. Coordinated ho have joine importance o M ercy Home w ds know the ey of friends of ls . These frien tion — but th to ou r boys and gir apeutic ca re and educa irls . mean so much d shelter, ther ur boys and g c ne e ds — food an little more comfort to o our kids’ basi rovide just a t together to fi nd a way to p n Network pu also wanted the Hands-o ppiness , members of a touch of ha At Easter , for example is gave our Home an extr g faces. For more r children. Th a lot of youn 125 Easter b askets for ou n, and bro ught smiles to beyond the information yous occasio ntinued to go and fam ily on that jo ome Hands- on Network co n in the sun. on how to mer , the Mercy H m ost of their fu become a This past sum ys make the p, the ou r girls and bo ack s for summer cam Mercy Home basics to help to new backp be kids! s and helmets relax and just Hero, please Fro m bicycle kid s were able to sure that our contact Susan Flood at twork made Hands-on Ne (312) 738-4381 or susflo@mercyhome.org. Help Mercy Home’s kids start the school year off right! Did you know that your company could double — or even triple — your gifts to Mercy Home’s boys and girls as they head back to school, and throughout the year? Thousands of companies nationwide have corporate matching gift programs that match or exceed gifts their employees make to Mercy home. some even match gifts made by retirees, employees’ spouses or board members. There is no cost to you — all it takes is filling out a short form from your employer’s human resources Department and sending it to Mercy home. We’ll do the rest! for more information on employee matching gift programs, as well as a growing list of companies that match gifts to Mercy home, visit mercyhome.org/matchinggifts or call sarah Wilkins at (312) 738-7585. mercyhome.org/matchinggifts T h e Wa i F s ’ m e s s e n g e r 15
  • 16. Become a Guardian Angel to a ChildAdam’s young life was nothing short of anightmare. When he was just a baby, hismother was diagnosed with schizophrenia butrefused to treat her illness.By the time Adam found his way to Mercy Home,he had suffered years of violence, loneliness andfear at the hands of his own mother. But throughthe kindness and generous support of Mercy Home’sGuardian Angels, Adam was able to work toward apath to healing.Every day, Guardian Angels make a very real, directimpact on the youth of Mercy Home. Through a committedgiving schedule, these dedicated friends pledge to support theprograms that help our children turn their lives around.There’s no obligation to join the ranks of our Guardian Angels,and any gift amount—large or small—will be most gratefullywelcomed by our kids. Just knowing that you have committed yoursupport and prayers to our mission will be a wonderful blessing.Please consider becoming a Guardian Angel to our children today.Your pledge has the power to save lives. “Sometimes my mom would get so angry she would Call take everything away from me—my blankets, 877-Mercy55 my jacket, even my shoes—and kick me out (877-637-2955) of the house. Even when it was the middle to join of winter. She just didn’t care.” today! —Adam, 12 years oldFather Scott, I would like to be a Guardian Angel to the kids of Mercy Home!I will do my best to share a regular gift of: $___________ Monthly Quarterly I’m enclosing my first Guardian Angel gift of: $___________Name __________________________________________________________________Address ________________________________________________________________City ___________________________ State _____________________ Zip __________Please mail your gift to: Mercy Home for Boys & Girls • 1140 West Jackson Blvd. • Chicago, IL 60607

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