Mercy Home

Life Skills, Lifelong

aka Mercy Home   |   Brooklyn, NY   |  www.mercyhomeny.org

Mission

Mercy Home, through generous support from donors and other partners, operates a range of programs, tied together by a single goal: to empower children, women and men with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Through these programs, we help individuals unlock their potential while advancing our vision of a more equal, inclusive world where people with intellectual and developmental disabilities live more fully integrated within the community.

Notes from the nonprofit

Mercy Home celebrates more than 150 years of continuous care for children and adults with developmental challenges. Mercy Home holds the BBB Seal and is recognized as a valued partner through Guidestar.

Ruling year info

2019

Executive Director

Janice Aris

Executive Vice President

Jamel Hunt

Main address

273 WILLOUGHBY AVE

Brooklyn, NY 11205 USA

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EIN

11-1666227

NTEE code info

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Group Home (Long Term (P73)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Mercy Home works with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities by helping them build fuller, more meaningful lives and by providing resources and opportunities in the community that match their interests and needs. We host programs that engage everyone at all levels of ability, that elevate their self-esteem, and that promote independent living in whatever they choose to do. From childhood to adulthood, we nurture and empower people through residential, recreational, educational, life skills, and case management programs. Our mission is to ensure the quality of life for persons with developmental disabilities through the recognition of each person's inherent dignity and right to a life filled with learning and love.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Our Homes

Each home and apartment are designed to promote the independence and autonomy of the people we support. Our professional and loving staff works closely with the people in our homes to foster skills. Individuals in the homes, also participate at special activities like BBQs, Family Spirit Day, concerts, sporting events, and more.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with intellectual disabilities

The Creative Arts Therapy (CAT) program has served hundreds of children with autism spectrum disorder and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. Each Saturday, from September to June, children ages 4-18 participate in art, music, drama, horticultural, and yoga therapy guided by licensed therapists. The program is designed to help children and young people learn how to manage their emotions, socialize, and gain skills that encourage independence. During CAT, caregivers have the opportunity to participate in Parent Engagement Workshops that give them a chance to converse with peers or participate in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with intellectual disabilities

Music has always been a part of Mercy Home, and the love of it sparked the creation of the Melodic Soul house band. Individuals with a passion for music rehearse together to write and perform original songs or pop favorites from groups like the Beatles. The band, inspired by the spirit of Mercy, perform for nursing homes, local organizations, and around the city.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities
Adults

Every Saturday beginning in September, almost 100 youth and adults attend our Respite program designed to help participants explore the community, enjoy recreational and social activities, and make and reconnect with friends. We also offer In-Home Respite where a staff member visits a family’s home and works one-on-one to create goals that help them enjoy experiences in their neighborhoods and around the city while developing socialization skills.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Young adults

Throughout the year, Individuals manage and maintain nine organic urban farms that harvest herbs, fruits, and vegetables. Since its inception in 2012, over 6,000 pounds of food has been donated to local food pantries and used to create healthy meals for people in their homes. With guidance from the horticultural therapist, each garden is fully accessible, and individuals participate in workshops and programs that highlight the healing properties of plants while helping to manage stress and develop vital social skills.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities
People with disabilities

With a licensed art therapist, the people we support join us each week to share their ideas and join their friends to create works of art in the Gifted Arts program. Selected work is displayed during our annual #ABILITYOVERDISABILTY art show and reception.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with intellectual disabilities

In partnership with pet therapy groups, Mercy Buddies is our new therapy project. By building a relationship with dogs and other animals, individuals that have difficulty expressing themselves verbally or experience anxiety, learn how to process their emotions.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with intellectual disabilities

For men and women that are supported by Mercy Home and prefer not to attend a traditional day program, Day Hab without Walls is a wonderful option. Along with Mercy Home Day Hab coordinators, participants plan activities that get them out in the community by volunteering, attending a class or a show, or by participating in our Plant-Grow-Give organic farming program.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with intellectual disabilities

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance - Organization 2014

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children who have the ability to understand and comprehend communication

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Creative Arts Therapy Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Due to the pandemic, we switched to a virtual model. Many of our participants were excited and fully engaged. However, for some, engaging virtually was a challenge.

Number of students demonstrating responsible behaviors and work habits

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Creative Arts Therapy Program

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of free registrants to classes

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Every Year, Mercy Home works with almost 300 individuals, including persons with I/DD and their family members. The individuals in our care vary in functioning from mild/moderate to severe/profound intellectual disabilities. Each individual receives the personal planning, attention, and assistance they need to reach their full potential. About 70% of participants have been diagnosed with ASD. At least 20% are dually diagnosed with various impairments, such as cerebral palsy, neurological disorders, seizures, deafness, or blindness. We also serve individuals that are nonverbal (45%) and we teach them alternative ways to communicate. Mercy Home's services are inclusive and support a diverse population: 51% of participants are African-American, 31% white non-Latino, 17% Latino, and 1% are Asian.

Mercy Home hosts an array of programs and services that meet the needs of people with developmental disabilities at any stage of their life. We maintain 13 family style homes in our Residential Services program to provide a path to living as independently as possible. These homes are community-based and typically situated in neighborhoods where they grew up. They are furnished with adaptive equipment and handicapped accessibility depending on the need. Living independently plays a significant role in our resident's lives, offering a source of self-esteem, personal motivation, and self-fulfillment.

Medicaid Service Coordination helps our individuals and their families access the services and supports they need to achieve life goals. Case managers work one-on-one with participants and their family members to ensure that each individual receives necessary care to develop self-advocacy skills and independence. Case management involves an in-depth assessment of a client's resources, preferences and needs, along with individualized care planning, coordination and ongoing monitoring of a person's well-being.

Respite Services offer a variety of activities focused on recreation, community inclusion, therapeutic growth, and skill building. Our main emphasis is on having fun, building community, and supporting self-expression. Mercy Home staff help them explore the local community and enjoy activities, like visits to cafes, museums, and libraries.

The Creative Arts Therapy program provides vital music, drama, and art therapy allowing each child to become innovators of their own expression, using both verbal and non-verbal contexts to be present, focused, and expressive. Our Gifted Artists Program provides extra time for older individuals to focus on their talent. In June, we host a Gallery In the Garden, an arts festival, to display works by residents and program participants alongside Brooklyn artists. Creative arts also includes Melodic Soul, our residents' performance band that teaches, entertains, and heals. Band members sing and create original music, perform for local organizations, at special events, and at Mercy Home.

Plant-Grow-Give is our innovative, organic urban farming project in which women and men with intellectual disabilities give back to the community through gardening. They oversee gardens, plant and harvest vegetables, and donate food to soup kitchens and food pantries, feeding more than 1,000 people a year.

Mercy Home's mission was motivated by the desire to work on behalf of the poor and marginalized, believing firmly in the dignity of every person. Mercy Home's arts programs, in particular, embody justice and nonviolence, especially as we seek to empower and lend voice to those who are marginalized. The program is inclusive and open to all, regardless of economic background. Services in the creative arts are available free of charge to families of all income levels – some of which have income below the federal poverty level. At a fundamental level, Mercy Home seeks to engage with the larger community to help individuals with special needs to integrate in a society that frequently ignores or isolates them. There is a very strong desire among our participants to reach out to the community, highlighting the unique and challenging perceptions of what are typically seen as limitations and barriers.

Every Year, Mercy Home works with almost 300 individuals, including persons with I/DD and their family members. Through innovative programming, we've seen children with autism spectrum disorder flourish. Nina, one of our Creative Arts Therapy program participants, has experienced some of the happiest moments in her life during music therapy. By participating in the program, she's been able to learn how to connect with others and with music. Before attending, she wasn't able to sing or dance. Now, she stands up and starts dancing around a room when the therapy is going in. Her parents are overwhelmed with joy by her progress. The program has been a magical and spiritual experience for Nina and her family.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Mercy Home

Board of directors
as of 10/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Donna Whiteford

No


Board co-chair

Frank Fellone, III,

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Sister Frances Picone

no

Anthony Simeone

no

Kerin Coughlin

no

Sister Linda Esposito, RSM

no

Theresa Agliardi

no

Ricky Jain

no

Father Michael Perry

no

Shea Hudson Kerr

no

Sister Margaret Dempsey

no

Lisa P. Goldstein

Casey McKee

Raymond Quan

Vincent Siasoco, MD, MBA

Tim Solberg

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/26/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data