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.
For the past 25 years, Mercy Family Center (MFC) has consistently and creatively responded to the needs in the Greater New Orleans area by providing comprehensive, community-based mental health and educational services for children, adolescents, adults and families. We need your support to help change lives and give hope to the underserved people in our community.
And Catherine’s legacy lives on through the generous gifts of donors like you. Gifts to Mercy Family Center support critical projects in this community. That’s right. Every dollar you give advances health care right here at home.
Mercy Family Center Clinics
MFC has clinic locations in Metairie, Mandeville, and New Orleans, Louisiana, and serves the entire Southeast Louisiana region. Our highly-trained professional staff of Psychiatrists, Psychologists, and Licensed Clinical Social Workers provides quality mental health assessment and intervention services, regardless of income level. MFC treats over 4,000 patients with over 13,500 encounters annually, and has admitted over 400 children and 200 adults as new patients in the past twelve months. Over 40% of MFC’s services are Medicaid-funded, fee assisted, or free.
Mercy Learning Center
MFC operates a Learning Center providing academic therapy to students with learning differences. MLC helps these children acquire the necessary communication and mathematics skills to be successful in school and in life. MLC served over 80 students and delivered over 1,500 educational hours last year.
Project Fleur-de-Lis™ (PFDL), a project of Mercy Family Center, is a school-based mental health program that provides support, individual and group interventions, and trainings for children, families, educators, communities, and members of the U.S. military who have been impacted by traumatic events such as violence, grief, and natural and man-made disasters. PFDL helps more than 5,000 children, families, and service men and women each year. MFC and PFDL are nationally and internationally recognized as a resource for development of programs that assist communities and families in recovering from traumatic events, and partner with more than 60 schools, encompassing over 30,000 students annually.
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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