ANNUAL REPORT 2013-2014 - Erie

A sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, New York, Pennsylvania, Pacific West Community
2005 Woodlawn Avenue Erie, PA 16510 814-898-0167
Sisters of Mercy, New York,
Pennsylvania Pacific West
Community Leadership Team
Sr. M. Jeanne Thomas Danahy, RSM,
Ministry Director
Sr. Lisa Mary McCartney, RSM,
Sponsorship Council Liaison
Advisory Board 2013-2014
Julia Bandecca
Sr. Rita Brocke, RSM
Sheila Coon
Sr. Michele Schroeck, RSM,
Maria Villegas
Pam Will
Mary Zenner
Eileen Zinchiak
Our prayers go out for the family
of Helen Strickland, House of
Mercy Advisory Board Member
who passed away May 5, 2014.
Volunteer Opportunities –
Contact Sr. Michele at 898-0167
*Adult mentors * Youth
programming * Environmental
initiatives * Field trips *Christmas
store * Thanksgiving distribution
Congratulations to Sr. Michele
Schroeck, House of Mercy cofounder who celebrates her 25th
Anniversary as a Sister of Mercy in
August 2014. Half of her years have
been at the House of Mercy!
Dear Friends of the House of Mercy,
We are grateful for your support throughout
the seasons. Often people only remember those in
need during Christmas! But you have supported the
Sisters of Mercy, House of Mercy’s efforts to provide
activities and advocacy to children and families in an
ethnically and economically diverse neighborhood
throughout the year. Thanks to you, over 95 youth
and 40 families received support during 2013-2014!
May God bless your Seasons of Support for the House
of Mercy!
Sr. Michele Schroeck, RSM
Participant of the Year
Foibe Hakizamuna – 2014 graduate
of East High School- House of Mercy
Industry Club Participant and
Walking in Black History 2013
participant and essay winner!
Volunteer of the Year
Fiona Hensley, Amazing
AmeriCorpsVISTA member at the
House of Mercy and JFK Center
2012-2014. We will miss you!
Donor of the
Thanks for your on-going support
especially for our annual Tea!
Welcome to the Advisory Board!
Sponsor of the Year
Mercyhurst University
15 Collaborative ArtsErie Cultural
Awareness Program with JFK & UECDC
16 youth increased career awareness
Adult neighbors supported in obtaining
drivers license and job search
6 bed garden increased yield through
wooden bed replacement and water hook
Youth surveys show that since Fall 2013
our elementary group improved their
reading habits, more are engaged in
activities after school, volunteer, respect
others’ belongings, have friends from
other cultures, and go to activities in the
community with their families and House
of Mercy.
More middle and high school students
now want to go to university or training
school, have visited career sites, know the
career they want to prepare for, its salary
and training requirements. More have a
resume, paid job experience.
On Tuesday, August 12
2014 from
8AM to 8PM ERIE GIVES will take
Please mark your calendars!
On this day the Erie Community Foundation
gives where you give! Donate $25 or more to
the House of Mercy on this day and you help
the House of Mercy increase our yield of
This year we are trying to surpass the
number of donors we have had in previous
Goal: over 30 donors in 2014!
To Participate:
Logon to, select the House of
Mercy and donate by credit card. OR call in to
the Erie Community Foundation at 814-4540843.
Thank you to last year’s donors! $2,155.26
was given by 26 donors in 2013.
provided monetary support, 2
advisory board members are
connected with the university, regular
volunteers, Christmas on Campus,
and more.
Wish list:
School supplies: notebooks, crayons,
markers, glue, scissors, rulers, pens,
Christmas gifts: $1 - $5 value new
items for parents, siblings
Christmas gifts: $20 gift cards for
teens who do not qualify for other
Office supplies: Masking and scotch
tape, paper reams, HP 950XL ink,
manila folders, manila envelopes
First aid kit
McDonald’s gift certificates
Birthday gifts $1-$5 value
New books
Gift basket items for spring tea
Bingo prizes/Youth incentives
Non Profit
US Postage
Erie, PA
Permit No. 22
2005 Woodlawn Ave Erie, PA 16510
A place of welcome hospitality for an east side Erie neighborhood, the House of Mercy, established and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, promotes a healthy
Seasons of Supportive Activities
Fall 2013
* 35 kids received backpacks,
and schools supplies
* Daily activities and monthly
Expenses 2013-2014
Income 2013-2014
neighborhood by providing activities and advocacy that engage children in positive experiences for the and their neighborhood
Winter 2013-14
* 27 Thanksgiving Family Dinners
* 75 wooden toys
* 100 gifts for children including high
school participants
* Coats, hats, scarves for the winter
Spring 2014
*15 elementary youth improved cultural
awareness through East Erie Cultural
Enrichment Program funded by Arts Erie
*16 Middle and high school youth increased career awareness and
readiness through Industry Club funded by VTDC. This included
beginners first aid training.
* Spring Tea raised over $8000 for on-going activities and
* 3 New Americans were assisted with resumes, job searches, job
Summer 2014
* 18 youth celebrated the end of school
with a field trip to Waldameer.
* BDNO Woodlawn Park Picnic was supported.
* 12 youth spent a week at Camp Notre Dame
* House of Mercy Crenshaw Garden received a water line and
wooden beds were replaced thanks to Erie Water Works, City of
God Foundation and Royal Homes Construction!
* Storage shelves installed
* 8 Youth will go on Walking In Black History, arranged by UECDC
*Received 200 books from Books For Kids
Community Collaborators: Burton- Diehl Neighborhood Organization* Camp Notre Dame * Connecting Hands* Environment Erie *
Gannon University * Hooked on Books for Kids * JFK Center * Lake Effect Leaders AmeriCorps VISTA * Mercy Center for Women *
Mercyhurst Prep School * Mercyhurst University * Santa’s Helpers * Second Harvest Food Bank * St. Martin Center * Sisters of Mercy
NyPPaW * Tickets for Kids Foundation * Thousandaire’s Club * UECDC *Career Link – Venango Training and Development * Penn State
Behrend * Catholic Daughters, Books For Kids
Grants: Sisters of Mercy * Venengo Training and Development * City of God Foundation * Erie Community Foundation Erie Gives * Arts
Erie CAP Collaborator