Mercy was founded in gratitude.
When a young Irish woman named Catherine McAuley received an unexpected inheritance, she gave thanks to God and her benefactor. Catherine used those funds to open the first house of Mercy, serving impoverished women and children in Dublin. Catherine founded the Sisters of Mercy, a new kind of religious community – one that lived outside cloistered walls. The sisters were known as the “walking Sisters” because of their willingness to go out and serve the community.
Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) are safe, child-friendly environments where a comprehensive and coordinated approach is taken in response to allegations of child abuse. The Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center (CAMCAC) was founded by Mercy in 2003. It is one of 16 CACs in the state and is the only hospital-based center in Arkansas. In 2012, the CAMCAC was awarded the highest level of membership with the National Children’s Alliance, which is the accrediting agency for CACs.
Catherine’s legacy lives on through the generous gifts of donors like you. Gifts to the CAMCAC support critical services in this community. That’s right. Every dollar you give advances care right here at home.
Catherine McAuley, Mercy’s Founder, had a particular concern for the poor. Even more specifically, she worked to assist children in need.
The CAMCAC does not charge patients for utilizing any of the center’s numerous services. The advocacy center is an outreach ministry provided by Mercy, and relies on the philanthropic support of community members and friends to provide care and services for the children and their families.
All services are individualized to meet the personal needs of each child and family that comes through its doors. These services include:
- Forensic Interviews
- Forensic Medical Exams
- Child Advocacy
- Mental Health Services
- Prevention Services
- Training Programs
Your support helps the CAMCAC continue to meet the needs of these vulnerable children.
Mercy patients and their families often want to say “thanks” in some special way for the exceptional care they received. Our Grateful Families program is one way to express gratitude while helping share the gift of healing with others. Learn more.
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