The Well of Mercy's mission is to address the root causes of poverty. As each resident enters the community she vows to implement the tools offered and address educational needs, physical well-being, emotional health, and spiritual growth. Each resident will attain self-sufficiency, accomplish the personal goals identified as she is supported by professionals who guide the process of change, while upholding the dignity of the individual person.
The Well of Mercy has been serving women and children for almost five years. We have seen tremendous growth in our agency and our residents. It is your support that allows our door to remain open and for this mission to thrive and touch the lives of the women and children we serve.
The Well of Mercy is supported solely by the generous donations of private individuals, organizations, and businesses. We receive no municipal, state, or federal subsidies of any sort.
We are raising funds to purchase the building at 6339 N. Fairfield in Chicago. Since our inception four years ago, this place has been home to over 100 women and children. We have experienced tremendous growth in the past year. With your support we can continue to grow and expand our mission!
2015 Program Highlights
- Two women are set to graduate the program in June - they have successfully reached their goals and are moving out to live as empowered self-sufficient single mothers!
- 4 babies due before September
- 5 women in college
- 4 women working full time
- 1 woman in job training
- Residents made and sold jewelry and bread during the Lenten season at Prince of Peace
2015 Agency Highlights
- The Well was featured in the Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/ct-sun-0412-balancing-act-20150410-column.html
- Executive Director Mary Zeien nominated by Cardinal George and received the 2015 Peggy Montes Unsung Heroine Award
- 4 Master's level social work interns from Loyola University and Dominican University
- Hosted by Relevant Radio
- New partnerships with Misericordia, Helen Brach Foundation, Chicago Community Trust, EPIC, Infant, Inc., Twice as Nice
- New relationships with Henry Scheien, St. Isaac Jogues, Evanston Women's Club, St. Clement's