A Solution for Kids in Crisis Mercy Home for Boys & Girls 2010 Annual ReportThis report covers Mercy Home’s fiscal year,which ran from July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010.
Our young people’s challenges don’t define them. Their strengths do. We help young people succeed by helping them identify their strengths, which include the people who will be there for them as they work to transform their lives. Mercy Home’s strength is in the many people who stand by us and who make this life-changing work possible. It’s in our donors who continue to sustain us, no matter the economic climate. It’s inour coworkers who constantly strive to offer our young people thehighest quality care and support. It’s in the volunteers who giveso generously of their time to make a difference in the lives ofchildren. And, it’s in the outstanding men and women who makeup our boards, whose vast experience, compassion and dedicationhelp advance this mission to the benefit of future generations.For all of these people, and for God’s abundant grace, I amtruly grateful. As the following pages depict, our young menand women made remarkable gains during the past year.Their achievements also make evident the impact caring people canhave when we share our strengths for the benefit of young people.Blessings,Rev. L. Scott DonahuePresident & CEOMercy Home for Boys & GirlsWe Served Youth served since 1887 24,000 Youth served last year 706 Youth who received assessment or referral services 314 Youth who lived in our residential programs 177 Youth served by our AfterCare program 207 Youth in our Friends First mentoring program 85 0 100 200 300 400 500 600 700 24,000
Kids In CrisisBefore entering Mercy Home, each child receives a thorough assessment to help uscreate an individualized treatment plan with goals and timetables. The data that resultsfrom this process tells us the following about the challenges so many kids face.Abuse Impact on EducationBefore they come to live at Mercy Home, 77% of Chaos and instability in a child’s home severely impactour young people had suffered some form of abuse: performance in school. Upon admission to Mercy Home, our youth:100 Mercy Home U.S.* Tested behind grade level in reading 64% 75 Tested 1+ year behind in reading 55% 69% Tested behind grade level in math 71% 50 46% Tested 1+ year behind in math 64% 21% 16% 25 Repeated a grade 16.1% 9.1% 7.3% Rarely attended school 23% 0 Sexual Physical Emotional 02 55 07 5 100*According to data provided by US Dept. of Health and Human ServicesFamily Challenges and Poverty Average Years BehindChildren come to Mercy Home from some of the mostdifficult family circumstances. At the time of admission,our young people reported: 0 No biological 1 Tested Tested100 father in 3.3 years 2.7 years the home 3.3 behind in 2.7 behind in Mercy Home 2 math reading 80 kids in 88% poverty 3 60 69% No biological parent as guardian 40 47% 20 0
A Solution Since 1887, more than 24,000 young 25 people have come to Mercy Home seeking shelter from the storm and 20 comfort in times of crisis. But, when they come to us, they also yearn for 15 Youth lived a lasting solution — opportunities to at Mercy make real change, and tools to build Home for a lifetime of achievement. 10 an average of 23.9 Time to Heal months 5 Mercy Home works with each child for as long as is needed to affect lasting, positive change. Youth lived with us for 0 an average of 23.9 months. Many have spent most of their adolescence at Mercy Home. Educational Success At Mercy Home, we surround our young people with an array of educational programs to help them close achievement gaps. Our support includes placing them in the most appropriate schools, providing tutoring five nights a week, computerized learning technology in math and reading, supplementary coursework delivered at the Home by professional educators, fully-equipped learning centers on each of our two campuses and more. This coordinated approach gets results. 100 96% 75 of those 100% still living who 100% 83% with us at of youth 67% 62% were of our 50 the end of who were of youth improved failing high the school behind who were grades improved school year gained behind from grades seniors 25 advanced ground in gained pre-Mercy graduated a grade reading ground in Home level math 0 Average 4 Years Youth who Youth who Gained 3 were behind were behind gained gained average of average of 2 1.5 years 1.8 years in math in reading 1 1.5 1.8 0
Sustainable SuccessSuccess is more sustainable whenyoung people have access to a Young people offered membership into AfterCare 100%network of continuing support. In upon leaving residential programsthat way, our AfterCare program Young people who connected with AfterCare within 6 54%keeps former residents connected months of leaving Mercy Home for a strengths assessment,to their Mercy Home family and which is used in developing a long-term support planto an extensive host of support 67% Young people remained active in AfterCareservices, such as educational or for at least a year after their strengths assessmentcareer counseling, help in finding 80%housing, family therapy and much AfterCare members made appropriate quarterly progress toward their potentialmore. The result is that more 79%of our young people continue Maintained gains made while living at Mercy Hometo make progress as they work 0 25 50 75 100toward creating a life outside ofMercy Home.Preparing for WorkMany young people come to Mercy Home fromsome of the most economically-challenged areasof Chicago. It’s critical that we underscore forthese children the connection between hardwork and success.Even during a difficult recession, Mercy Homewas able to provide children with opportunitiesto build hope based on achievement. Throughsummer jobs and internships, our young peopleacquire critical life skills and experience that willenable them to grow into self-reliant adults.100 75 94% Youth 17+ who 82% who worked a worked held 50 same job for summer job or internship 6+ months 25 with area businesses 0
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 accredited bythe Council of Accreditation of Services forFamilies and Children, Inc. (COA) FINANCIAL STATEMENT OPERATING REVENUE Support from donors 27,024,968 93.9% Sale of printing services 920,559 3.2% A CLOSER LOOK AT Government revenue 101,969 .4% 2009—2010 Family support 54,032 .2% Mercy Home raised Other 678,966 2.3% 99.6% of its operating revenue privately. Total 28,780,494 100% This includes support OPERATING EXPENSES from donors, sale of Program services printing services, family Youth care 17,537,616 65.7% support and other miscellaneous sources. Mission press 1,240,519 4.7% Televised Sunday mass 813,815 3.0% Approximately 2.8% Management 23.8% 73.4% 73 cents of every Fund and General Program Total program services 19,591,950 73.4% dollar spent on Raising Services Fundraising 6,341,657 23.8% operating expenses Management and general 751,629 2.8% went toward Total current year operating expenses 26,685,236 100% program services. Program enhancement 2,095,258 Mercy Home’s Total 28,780,494 fundraising ratio, defined as fundraising expenses as a percentage ASSETS of support from donors, was 23.4% Current assets 5,164,061 Investments 65,098,954 INVESTMENTS Fixed assets 32,426,864 Total investments 65,098,954 Other 595,729 Permanently restricted funds for scholarships 3,373,047 Total assets 103,285,608 Board designated for annuity and trust obligations 9,544,721 LIABILITIES Accounts payable and accrued expenses 2,831,399 Other restricted funds 207,261 Gift annuities payable, charitable Unrestricted investments available for future operations 51,973,925 9,769,607 trusts and asset retirement obligations One way we honor our commitment to the children we care for is Total liabilities 12,601,006 by maintaining an investment portfolilo, which provides a safety NET ASSETS (Assets Minus Liabilities) net. The funds from the endowment are invested and overseen by Unrestricted 76,395,995 our Board. As of June 30, 2010, our unrestricted investments would Board designated for cover operating expenses for up to 23 months. 9,544,721 annuity and trust obligations Temporarily restricted 954,094 Permanently restricted 3,789,792 Total net assets 90,684,602
Looking Ahead Preparation is the key to success. It’s also the key to weathering the inevitable storms. Our nation was hit by one of the greatest economic storms in its history. But thanks to careful planning and the outstanding leadership of Fr. Scott Donahue, Mercy Home can report that it has not merely kept a light burning in the darkness — it is boldly charting a clear course for the future. This is what Mercy Home does. It faithfully stewards the support it receives from its donors, while it builds on an exemplary tradition of caring for kids in crisis. It’s also what they do for the kids who live there. Mercy Home finds young people during their darkest hours. They pick them up. They give them safety and shelter. And most importantly, they prepare them for lifetimes of success — especially when it comes to giving these kids a good education. We owe it to our children—and to our country — to prepare them to solve tomorrow’s crises, small and large, no matter what they might be. That’s why Mercy Home thoroughly reorganized its educational programs, the results of which you can see described in this report. And, it’s why we are now launching the Legacy of Learning campaign. This multi-year effort will help us provide the best education possible for kids who come to us not just today, but tomorrow, and forever. I look forward to keeping our stakeholders updated about our progress in the coming years. Sincerely, Darryl G. Schimeck Board Chairman, Mercy Home for Boys & Girls
Mission Statement Mercy Home for Boys & Girls is a Catholic organization answering the Gospel call by ministering to children and families in need. Mercy Home: • Saves young lives by providing a safe environment, a nurturing home, and opportunity for an excellent education and means for personal growth. • Supports healing for families. • Is committed to raising public awareness of youth in need and encourages support to help them. • Is sustained by benefactors who believe in the miracle of God’s mercy in action.For more information visitus at www.mercyhome.org1140 West Jackson BlvdChicago, IL 60607312.738.7560