Mercy Support Services Annual “Program Support” Campaign Is Launched
We are glad to announce the kickoff of our 2017 Mercy Support Services Annual ‘Program Support’ Campaign. Our 2017 Honorary Chairman is Sheriff Darryl Daniels.
“I am proud to be the Honorary Chairman of the 2017 Annual Campaign,” Sheriff Daniels said. “Mercy has become a vital non-profit in Clay County helping those with the greatest needs. Mercy Support Services is committed to providing quality programs and services to families and individuals who are circumstantially in need. The program is designed to provide a ‘hand up and not a hand out’.”
More than 11% of Clay County’s population falls below the poverty level. That means about 1 in 9 people you may meet on the street is living in need of basic necessities and has no safety net when unexpected events occur, such as a loss of a job, illness or an accident.
But each of these people is not just a statistic, but an individual with a personal story and need. By addressing the needs at the source, MSS can help prevent the person or family from continuing on the downward spiral of poverty and help set them on the road to self-sufficiency. Approximately 85% of the individuals and families receiving services through MSS fall below the poverty line.
The task of guiding a family to self-sufficiency is far too great for any one organization, so MSS collaborates and partners with over 19 churches and many community organizations such as CareerSource, Clay County Chamber of Commerce, Northeast Florida Community Action Agency, Episcopal Children’s Services, First Coast YMCA, ElderSource, Council on Aging, Clay Behavioral, Quigley House, Way Free Medical Clinic, Department of Public Health and Clay Transit.
“I am asking you to join me and support this year’s Annual Campaign,” said Sheriff Daniels. “Through your contribution, we can help lift other less fortunate citizens of Clay County from their difficult circumstance so they can begin rebuilding their lives.”