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Where’s Wanda?

Wanda has become a household name at Mercy Othello Plaza. Since moving in last year, Wanda hasn’t wasted any time making friends with her new neighbors and was able to quickly form a close-knit community. When she speaks about her new home at Mercy Othello Plaza, Wanda is all smiles — “It’s a family. We … Continue reading

“How Can I Show Compassion in My Community?”

“How Can I Show Compassion in My Community?”

Summertime is crucial for Mercy Housing youth, since most are out of school while their parents are working. Summer programming provides opportunities to learn and grow. The Youth Leadership program at Driftwood Estates in Rapid City, South Dakota is giving kids a chance to give back to their community this summer. “The program’s theme is … Continue reading

Meet LaVonya

Meet LaVonya

LaVonya had an 8-year-old son, volunteered at church, and was a naval reservist. She graduated from Columbia College and promptly found a job. In less than a year, she was laid off. That same year her mother passed away leaving LaVonya to look after her 12-year-old brother. Suddenly, she had two growing boys to raise … Continue reading

Earth Day Drawing Contest

Earth Day Drawing Contest

This month, the Mercy Housing National office hosted an Earth Day drawing contest that was open to residents from all regions across the country. Residents were asked to create a picture of what Earth Day means to them. Here are just a few of the drawings we’d like to share from our many talented artists … Continue reading

Go Red for Heart Health

Go Red for Heart Health

Did you know that heart disease is the #1 killer among women? At our Mercy Housing Northwest communities, 63% of the residents we serve are women. Heart disease also disproportionately affects people of color, a very critical population that we serve. In honor of Heart Health month in February, many of our residents across Washington … Continue reading

A Matter of Balance

A Matter of Balance

Providing a home is just the beginning while serving seniors and residents with chronic disease. A Matter of Balance is a program focused on preventing and educating at-risk populations about falling — a major risk associated with aging and illness. The program was first implemented with Mercy Housing Southwest residents in Arizona in 2014, and … Continue reading

104-Year-Old Thrives with Mercy Housing

104-Year-Old Thrives with Mercy Housing

At 104 years old, Rafelita is one of Mercy Housing’s eldest residents. For 14 years, she’s lived at Mercy Housing’s Clare of Assisi apartments. Raised in the San Luis Valley, her joyful youth was spent on a ranch. She attributes her long life to growing up on a ranch, remembering: “fresh food, time with friends … Continue reading