The Dudley T. Dougherty Foundation

House of Mercy Program Operating Expenses

Grant Information
Categories Healthcare
Location United States
Cycle Year 2009
Organization Information
Organization Name (provided by applicant) House of Mercy, Inc.
Organization Name (provided by automatic EIN validation)
Contact Information
Contact Name Marjorie Storch, director of development
Phone 704-825-4711 x3
Additional Information
Used for Grant funds would help pay for caregivers' salaries and program expenses (24 hour care, clinical treatments, and supplemental services) at the House of Mercy residence. The Sisters of Mercy provide funds to cover all of our administrative expenses.
Benefits House of Mercy provides care in a residential setting for low-income persons living with advanced AIDS who can no longer care for themselves. We serve vulnerable citizens who may face homelessness, substance abuse, and psychiatric issues as well as AIDS.
Proposal Description House of Mercy is similar to a hospice in some respects. At an in-patient hospice the objective is usually to control pain and care for patients as they die. House of Mercy provides similar palliative services, however, our objective is not only to ease patients’ pain, but also to help those patients who have a chance of getting better. When provided with good care and proper medication in a stable environment, some patients who are in advanced stages of AIDS can improve. During the past three years, 42% of residents discharged (includes deaths, transfers, etc.) from House of Mercy returned to their home communities with improved health.

Although House of Mercy is designed, decorated and maintained to reflect the feeling of a private home, it is well equipped to provide state-of-the-art care to residents. A trained staff provides professional care 24 hours a day, making sure that residents eat nutritious meals and take their medications on the prescribed schedule. Eleven employees work directly in the residence. These include the Coordinator of Resident Recreation and Volunteers, and ten other caregivers (LPNs and CNAs) who report to the Director of Nursing and Case Management.

Above all else, House of Mercy is a home where persons living with AIDS can live and grow in a supportive community.