Misericordia Heart of Mercy
A Continuum of Care and a Network of Services
Misericordia offers a community of care that maximizes potential for persons with mild to profound developmental disabilities, many of whom are also physically challenged. By serving society’s most vulnerable citizens, Misericordia also serves the families who want the best for them, yet cannot provide it at home.
Through a spectrum of residential options on its 31-acre Chicago campus and in the community, and with a wide variety of programs, Misericordia currently serves more than 600 children and adults from diverse racial, religious and socio-economic backgrounds. Twenty percent of our residents either come from poverty families or have no families and are wards of the State.
Misericordia offers a continuum of care to meet their diverse needs and aspires for each individual to live as independently as possible in the highest level of community integration feasible. Residential settings include:
- CILAs (Community Integrated Living Arrangements for small groups in neighborhood homes)
- On-campus apartments
- Group homes on-campus
- Skilled nursing residence
The Mission of Misericordia/Heart of Mercy is to support individuals with developmental disabilities in maximizing their level of independence and self-determination within an environment that fosters spirituality, dignity, respect and enhancement of quality of life. We promote development of natural family and community support, community awareness, education and advocacy.
Misericordia is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation providing help for those in need since 1921. With the support of affiliated groups, legislators and volunteers, and through the generosity of corporations, foundations, individuals and families, Misericordia will continue to work toward a bright future where persons with disabilities achieve maximum independence and realize their greatest potential - in an environment of dignity, challenge, respect and spirituality.
Fundraising events such as the Chicago Marathon enable us to offer wonderful programs including employment opportunities, residential placement and day-to-day support, speech and physical therapy, social and recreational outings, health and wellness activities, and opportunities for spiritual growth.
Become a Misericordia“Heartracer” and join us for the 34th Annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 9 as a Misericordia Charity runner and help make a difference in the lives of 600 children and adults with developmental disabilities. Money raised from this event will help fund the day-to-day programming and care that give all of our residents a life worth living, as funds we receive from the State cover only portion of our program expenses.