“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” - Hebrews 13:16
Early 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 apartment buildings so that we have the ability to help even more families in crisis. Housing is one of several services Mercy offers for families in transition as part of our Self-Sufficiency Program.
Mercy Support Services is not a homeless shelter. As part of our program of self-sufficiency we currently offer 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.
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 plan 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!
Mercy Support Services
P.O. Box 1526
Orange Park, FL 32067
Ph: (904) 297-4052