Archbishop Timothy Dolan Makes Special Visit to the Women and Children at the Mercy Center in Bronx

On October 5th Archbishop Timothy Dolan made a special visit to Mercy Center, a very special place in the Bronx. Mercy Center, an agency of the Catholic Charities federation of agencies, is a community resource center for women and their families in the Mott Haven Section of the Bronx. In one of the poorest Congressional Districts in the US, Mercy Center empowers women to achieve their full potential; to become agents of change in their families and their communities. In a neighborhood where 2/3 of Mercy Center participants survive on less than $15,000 a year—1/3 on less than $10,000—the Center serves as a springboard for people to make their dreams real. Mercy Center programs include Employment/Job Skills Training, Family Development, Alternative to Violence, Personal Development, Immigration Services, English as a Second Language, and such Youth programs as Reading, Arts & Culture, After School and pre-school programs. Mercy Center does a lot with a little. With a small budget, it serves over 2,000 participants with a staff of 20 and 200 volunteers. It started in the corner of a classroom 20 years ago and now it addresses the needs of entire families by setting goals, tracking changes in income, debt, health family dynamic, skills and civic engagement.

Archbishop Timothy Dolan enjoys meeting young Mercy Center participants

Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, ED of Catholic Charities, shares a photo “op” with Mercy Center youngsters