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
Our focus is increasingly being drawn to three areas where we are able to make a difference in the lives of families – empowerment, wellness, and advancement. We lean on empowerment to support families with meeting basic needs. Wellness activities are related to mental and physical health as well as addiction and recovery. Advancement refers to education advancement, i.e. GED prep, college, trade school and apprenticeships. Financial literacy touches both areas of empowerment and advancement. We offer a budgeting group as well as individual financial counseling.
We’re so proud of our Sisters Place resident K. for passing her PA Cosmetology Boards! She’s now a licensed professional cosmetologist. She worked very hard and was nervous about the testing, but she did it!
“Advancing her career will allow for K. and her two sons to have a more stable income as they leave Sisters Place.”
B. opened her first savings account! By taking a closer look at some of her monthly expenses, she was able to identify areas where she could cut-back and start to build a savings.
“B. and her three young sons will be well prepared to cover last minute sick visit co-pays to the doctor and other unexpected expenses.”