Mission

Mercy Center for Women is a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Mercy and is committed to enhancing the dignity of each person we serve through healing of body, mind and spirit.

Mercy Center for Women provides

Safe and Supportive transitional housing, education and counseling for homeless women with or without children.

Connection with social service agencies and volunteers to form a network of ongoing support, mentoring and education to our residents and women in the community.

An environment based on spirituality and ethical values.

Mercy Center for Women (MCW) was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in January 1994 to provide long term (up to 1 year) transitional housing and support services to homeless women with or without children. MCW was founded by combining the services of two agencies, Hope House, a transitional housing facility for women and children, and Grass Roots Opportunities for Women, an advocacy center. MCW is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

  • Provide transitional housing for homeless women and their children
  • Provide an environment that is conducive to healing, recovery and growth
  • Provide support and opportunities for women, including our residents and those from the community
  • Network with other agencies and programs to better serve the needs of women
  • Cultivate leadership among women to benefit them

Mercy Center for Women is housed in a former convent built in 1960, that has 13 bedrooms and can accommodate 25-27 residents at any given time. The facility is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is located in a residential area close to shopping and public transportation. The facility includes an education room, living room, laundry facilities, kitchen and dining areas and a large, fenced-in back yard.
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MCW residents have a private bedroom that they share with their children. Residents take an active part in the maintenance and day-to-day operation of the house and are expected to complete daily chores and care for their bedroom and their family’s laundry. Residents prepare evening meals on a rotating basis. Attendance at house meetings, where staff and residents exchange ideas about house activities, is mandatory.