We provide support to community-based programs in Southwestern Pennsylvania sponsored by or associated with the Sisters of Mercy. Our goal is to strengthen the capacity of these programs to increase their effectiveness and sustainability, and to support innovative projects that will enhance their impact on the community. Grants to legacy programs may include:
- General operating support for organizations that demonstrate the capacity to produce outcomes for residents and the community.
- Leadership development and growing the next generation of leaders.
- Strategic planning and program-specific planning to accelerate innovation.
- Limited capital funding for facilities and technology linked to programming and operational improvements.
Stories of Hope
Pittsburgh Mercy’s Operation Safety Net
We had a client who came to Pittsburgh after a personal tragedy and the loss of his home through a fire. He has a severe mental illness and struggles with weekly seizures. Our outreach team found him living in his truck in the parking lot of a church. His service dog was at his side and very malnourished. He was not connected to his primary care physician and had run out of his medications. We were able to quickly assess and bring in our medical outreach team who connected him to our free medical clinic where we were able to get him stabilized and back on his medications. We were able to get him into shelter and follow him with our case management services. This gentleman is a veteran and a very skilled craftsman. We set up an interview with the local Carpenter’s Union who was willing to work with him once he was in an emotionally stable place. During this time we completed a Section 811 referral for supportive housing and moved him into a single room occupancy unit. We took his dog to a local veterinarian who was able to nurse her back to health. We then helped him move to the middle of the state and re-connected him with the Carpenter’s Union. He is now working and loving his life again. He checks in with us every few months, and he is now also driving a truck to deliver donated furniture to newly housed individuals who had been homeless.