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MERCY CENTER INC Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 08/07/2014: MERCY CENTER INC

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 04/16/2015: MERCY CENTER INC

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Bronx, NY

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MERCY CENTER INC Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 08/07/2014: MERCY CENTER INC

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 04/16/2015: MERCY CENTER INC

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Physical Address: Bronx, NY 10454 1006
EIN: 13-3865634
Web URL: www.MercyCenterBronx.org 
NTEE Category: P Human Services
P40 Family Services
W Public, Society Benefit
W99 Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C.
J Employment, Job Related
J22 Employment Training
Ruling Year: 1996 


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Mission Statement

Mercy Center empowers women and their families in the South Bronx to liberate themselves from economic poverty by providing comprehensive and holistic educational, technical, human and supportive services that address the needs of the entire person, enabling individuals to realize their full potential.

Legitimacy Information

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Fiscal Year Starting: July 1, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: June 30, 2013

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Leadership

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Mr. Stephen J. Stritch, III

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Programs

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Program Description:

Current Programs In fulfilling its mission, Mercy Center currently offers the following programs: Family Alternatives to Violence seeks to break the cycle of violence in family interactions and provide the skills that lead to healthy family interactions. Parenting Courses, Family Weekends, and mentoring relationships are complemented by other programmatic initiatives, such as: a Teen/Young Moms and Dads Program that reaches out to young and teen parents and offers them the resources that will enable them to grow and develop in ways that are healthy and productive for themselves and their children; Family Development, a 2 year program for a limited number of families to empower them as individuals and family units; and Anger Management, a 12-week course designed to improve anger awareness and provide skills and techniques for appropriate expressions of anger. All programs are offered in Spanish and English. Employment - Yes! aims to enhance the job readiness of women in the area we serve by assisting them in obtaining meaningful employment and supporting their ongoing success in that employment. It includes computer training, office skills, entrepreneurial basics, self-esteem building, resume writing and interviewing practice. Specific programs include: Keyboarding (Basic and Advanced); Business Training and Administrative Assistant courses (12-week programs that provide further training to high school graduates in basic grammar, computer basics (Windows, Word, Excel), resume preparation and job interview readiness); Intro to Word and Excel; Job Search Skills; Employment Counseling and Job Development ESL Classes are offered in Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced levels and are complemented by the availability of language labs and the assistance of Conversation Partners, reading and computer labs/resources. CHAMPIONS (Children Have A Major Place In Our Neighborhood Services) is a series of programs for the children of Mercy Center's families, presenting them with alternatives to the violence and negativity to which they are often subjected. They include After School program, Saturday Reading Enrichment, Girl Talk for middle school and high school girls, winter and spring and summer camp opportunities, seasonal celebrations and special events, all of which address the needs of children for a safe environment and an opportunity to advance their creative and educational potential through individual assistance and group activities. Social Services and Case Management is provided for women and men participating in Mercy Center programs who do not receive case management services from any other agencies. This program, time-limited and goal/outcome oriented, provides an opportunity for participants to work one-on-one with a case worker to solve current problems and create a support structure that will prevent those problems from recurring. Personal Development opportunities include various support groups, Yoga, guidance in personal goal setting and achievement, spirituality support sessions in English and in Spanish, breathing exercises, events and workshops around the theme of non-violence, and comprehensive personal assistance.

Program Long-Term Success:

244 moms and dads participated in Parenting Skills classes and the average score on a test of basic parenting knowledge increased 56% by the end of the course. 174 learned new strategies to manage their emotions and communicate effectively in our Anger Management classes. Participants initially scored in the 83rd percentile - or more angry than 83% of adults. At the conclusion of the course, participants anger had dropped significantly, with average scores in the 48th percentile.

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Program: Family Alternatives to Violence (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$478,244
Category:
Human Services
Population Served:
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General
Crime/Abuse Victims
Adults

Program Description:

Mercy Center’s Family Alternatives to Violence Programs support parents with classes in Parenting and Anger Management offered in English and Spanish, and a comprehensive family support program called Family Development. Families in this program move as families through a range of programs and opportunities that allow them to grow as families and as individuals in their new country of residence. Parents and children are supported as they set goals and work towards those objectives, both as individuals and as a family.

Program Long-Term Success:

In 2008-2010, over 400 individuals learned better communications and parenting skills through Anger Management courses, Parenting courses, and Family Development services.

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Program: Employment Yes! Job training (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$204,058
Category:
Employment
Population Served:
Female Adults
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General
Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees

Program Description:

The Employment Readiness Program empower women to better provide for their families. Through skills development courses and one-on-one assistance, women move from poverty towards self-sufficiency.

Program Long-Term Success:

In 2008-2010, over 40 individuals found new or improved employment. Half of these individuals found new or improved employment with an average starting salary of $25,000 a year.

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Program: English as a second language (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$461,822
Category:
Education
Population Served:
Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General
Adults

Program Description:

Our ESOL/Immigrant Services Programs teach basic English language skills to a largely immigrant population in the South Bronx and provide them with important immigration services. The ESL component is a dynamic, multi-level program open to all immigrants seeking to gain or strengthen their English language skills, and tailored to the diverse educational needs of recent immigrants who have varied educational histories. Immigrant Services include assistance with filing of citizenship applications, renewal of green cards, extension of work authorizations and filing of relative petitions, and guidance on eligibility for benefits and other services.

Program Long-Term Success:

In 2008-2010, over 400 students moved up a level in our English as a Second Language classes, and the program as a whole saw a 50% increase in the number of students who graduated.

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Program: Youth programs and activiities (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$261,698
Category:
Youth Development
Population Served:
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General
Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees

Program Description:

Our CHAMPIONS Youth Programs provide children of the neighborhood with opportunities for educational and personal enrichment. Programs include an After-School Program, a Saturday Reading Enrichment program, a Children’s Chorus and a support group for girls. Through our partnerships, children can also take advantage of dance and drumming classes, seasonal camps, a teen pregnancy prevention program and other specialized activities.

Program Long-Term Success:

In 2008-2010, 90% of the children in our Learning to Read program improved their reading levels.

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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit

Although just 10 miles from Wall Street, Mercy Center sits in the nation's poorest Congressional district.  Mercy Center provides a full range of services for the entire family.  Mercy Center prides itself on developing long-term relationships with participants, who take their newfound optimism and skills to create a wave of positive change throughout the community.    Mercy Center’s programs are unique in that they represent an integrated approach to the delivery of services. Programs fall into one of seven program areas: Family Alternatives to Violence/Family Skills, Family Development, ESOL/Immigrant Services, Employment Readiness, Youth Programs, Social Services, and Personal Development.

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