MercyWorks Volunteer Program
Affiliation:Agency of the Archdiocese of Chicago
Goal of Program:Since 1887, Mercy Home for Boys & Girls has provided residential care for young men and women whose lives have been shattered by personal and family problems. Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, a Catholic institution, transforms young lives of suffering into lives of hope and promise by providing a nurturing home, the means for growth, healing for families and God's mercy in action. Mercy Home offers youth who seek a new beginning safety, respect, opportunities for growth, and the necessary motivation to pursue a healthy and successful future. MercyWorks, Mercy Home's faith-based volunteer program, is composed of a select group of highly motivated individuals who are mission-driven and who wish to make a difference in the lives of our children. Volunteers possess a desire and capacity to work with the children of Mercy Home for one year. Volunteers are provided the opportunity to grow in their faith and spirituality through prayer and reflection while being committed to a process of building community, addressing social injustices and living in simplicity.
Type of Placement:Residential Youth Care Worker; AfterCare Care Manager; Admissions Case Manager; After School Programs Coordinator; Career Resources Coordinator; Academy Coordinator.
Service Area:Chicago, Illinois
Service Length:One year, renewable.
Requirements:Women and men; single, no dependents; at least 21 years of age; good physical and mental health; college degree preferred or experience working with youth in a professional setting; candidates must complete application process and agree to undergo a personal interview, physical exam, drug test and criminal background clearance; possess valid driver's license; desire to work with at risk children; commit to living in simple community lifestyle; wish to grow in faith; sense of humor; perseverance; openness to diversity; leadership qualities; an ability to make friends and live with others.
Financial Arrangement:Room and board; health insurance; $125 monthly stipend; loan management assistance and eligibility for a Mercy Home education award upon completion of service; transportation assistance; program orientation; on-the-job training; seasonal retreats; vacation time; professional supervision, support and mentoring; spiritual direction; possible sign-on bonus for full-time employment after successful completion of volunteer service.
Living Arrangements:Volunteers live in community, in a residence provided by Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, and share a simple lifestyle with other adult volunteers.
Program Size:14-16 volunteers
Training:Seven-day orientation in July and several weeks of training and shadowing at the beginning of the year. Seasonal retreats, guest speakers, theological reflection groups and professional mentoring. Over 50 hours of professional training offered during the year.
Application Deadline:Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through May. Priority given to applications submitted by March 15th. If applying after March 15th, please contact Program Director to find out about available positions.