image of housing provide by Mercy Services ClayEarly in 2010, after hearing repeated pleas for services for homeless families in Clay County, leaders of Mercy Support Services decided to step out in faith to make provision for them. They began raising funds from local churches and compassionate-hearted individuals to accommodate homeless families in local hotels. Since that time we have purchased multiple homes and have recently acquired two apartment buildings so that we have the ability to help even more families in crisis. Temporary housing is one of several services Mercy offers as we guide families on the path to self sufficiency.

Mercy Support Services is not a homeless shelter.  As part of our program of self-sufficiency we currently offer temporary supportive housing to families.  When people call us they will recognize that we are passionate and knowledgeable about what we do and yet professional in our delivery.  The community at large will see us as the go-to organization for the services we offer; i.e.; people will say, “If you know of someone in need just have them call MSS”.

When Mary and her two children came to us, they had lost hope in the system. Mary and her younger child suffered with disabilities, and her older child, having been forced into the role of caregiver, had no time to find work. Medical bills began piling up and they were soon delinquent on their rent. Facing eviction, they had lost hope…

…and then there was John and his family. Despite their tireless efforts, neither John nor his wife could secure employment in order to support their two children. John had lost hope in his ability to take care of his family…

…and finally there was Casey, a mother of four who was abused by her husband and who also abused his own children. Casey took a brave stand against domestic violence for the sake of her children, and their abuser was sentenced to prison. His imprisonment meant the loss of the sole breadwinner’s income, and it was not long before Casey and her children were left homeless. Hope lost…

…until they found us.  Mercy Support Services restores HOPE!  Our Care Coaches worked closely with these families to develop a case plan in order to guide them to self-sufficiency. We are pleased to report that the families of both John and Casey are now self-sufficient. While there is still work to be done, Mary and her family now have the support they need to get back on their feet.  Hope has been restored!

 Do what is right to other people.  Love being kind to others and live humbly, trusting your God.”  – Micah 6:8