Stories

edna-lawson
Mar 14

Edna's Story

17 years-old and on her own, Edna was battling homelessness and addiction on the streets of Chicago. Filled with hope and a desire for a better life, she found her way to Mercy Housing and moved into an apartment in the Schiff Residences…

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Virginia Watt - Mercy Loan Fund

Virginia Watt never thought that she would realize the dream of homeownership. A native Chicagoan, Virginia has been working as a forklift operator with Graham Packaging for 33 years…

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The Voss Family

Mercy Housing Lakefront opened the Wentworth Commons Apartments in June 2005 and soon became home to 24 single adults and 27 families, including 85 children who were formerly homeless or at great risk of becoming homeless…

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Leonard

World War II veteran Leonard found himself struggling with financial and health challenges while living alone in a trailer at the age of 85. When his wife died after 62 years of marriage, Leonard found himself depressed and lonely. He wanted to move but lacked the resources…

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Bridgette Smiling

By the time Bridgette Sims connected with Mercy Housing, she had fought through recovery from addiction and lived in homeless shelters. Her strength and tenacity led to a job and the ability to move her family into a home of their own…

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People of Mercy
Oct 25

Celya

“I understand what the residents are going through when they come to us, and I always tell them that every day is a second chance.”

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People of Mercy
Oct 25

Darrow

“I’m not letting the titles of the illness slow me down. People draw near to light more than they do to darkness. There’s a Peanuts character named Pig-Pen who has a cloud following him around. I want to be more like Charlie Brown or Snoopy, getting involved in things, than being like the character with the cloud over his head.”

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People of Mercy
Oct 25

Derek

“After wearing the uniform every day in the Air Force, and seeing the respect it garners, it’s a humbling experience to live out of your truck and be stigmatized as ‘homeless.’

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People of Mercy
Oct 25

Doris

“This is the second set of grandkids I’ve raised. It takes a lot to raise these kids. You get them to school, you get them back, you do homework and fix supper and get them ready for the next day. At the end of the day, I’m exhausted.”

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People of Mercy
Oct 25

Frank

“I never missed a day of work when I was in the Army, and was an expert with an M16, but couldn’t keep a job when I came home. I’ve worked in factories, as a prison guard, and have planted crops. Now I just want to finish my Associate’s Degree. I’m proud of myself for making it this far.”

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