The Dudley T. Dougherty Foundation

Operating Support for House of Mercy: Low-Income AIDS Ministry

Grant Information
Categories Healthcare
Location United States
Cycle Year 2014
Organization Information
Organization Name (provided by applicant) House of Mercy, Inc.
Organization Name (provided by automatic EIN validation)
Contact Information
Contact Name Marjorie Storch
Phone 704-825-4711 x3
P.O. Box 808
100 McAuley Circle
Additional Information
Used for Grant funds would help pay for caregivers' salaries and program expenses (24 hour nursing care; coordination of medical treatments and transportation) for House of Mercy residents. The core mission of House of Mercy is to provide specialized, compassionate care in a residential setting for low-income persons living with AIDS who can no longer care for themselves and face homelessness. In addition to room and board, House of Mercy provides clinical treatments and therapies designed to provide the best in medical services and also a variety of supplemental services to enhance the physical, emotional and spiritual lives of our residents.
Benefits House of Mercy provides palliative services for those near end of life and also helps patients who have a chance of getting better. When provided with good care and proper medication in a stable environment, some patients in advanced stages of AIDS can improve. During the past two years, 55% of our residents discharged from House of Mercy on anti-retroviral medications returned to their home communities with improved health.
Proposal Description The number of new cases of HIV/AIDS continues to grow with over 1.1 million people living with HIV disease in the U.S., including more than 476,732 with AIDS. Of those living with HIV disease, 16% are unaware of their status. HIV/AIDS in the South is a growing concern with the most AIDS deaths and 45% of new AIDS diagnoses overall.

The NC Division of Public Health estimates 35,150 North Carolinians are living with HIV or AIDS including an estimated 6,350 who are unaware of their status. As of December 31, 2012 there were 6,673 reported HIV disease cases living in our 10-county service area (current estimates: over 7,000 cases). The growing population of persons living with HIV/AIDS has increased the need for AIDS-related housing, health and social services. Nearly all House of Mercy residents have become Medicaid-eligible because the expense of fighting their illness has exhausted their personal resources. Most residents have had low incomes and health insurance hasn’t been an option.

Average House of Mercy Demographics: 73% African-American; 25% Caucasian; 1% Hispanic; 1% Native American; 72% Male; 28% Female; 8% Ages 20 – 29 years; 40% Ages 30 – 39 years; 36% Ages 40 – 49 years; 16% Ages 50 years and older. Not only residents benefit from House of Mercy's services. We provide great comfort to friends and family members who are no longer able to provide care for their loved ones, especially elderly parents. House of Mercy receives a steady flow of referrals from area hospitals, infectious disease specialists and social service agencies. House of Mercy collaborates with regional hospitals, AIDS service agencies and other human service organizations to better meet the needs of persons living with HIV/AIDS. Hospitals are a major source of referrals because they recognize the cost effectiveness of House of Mercy.

Coordinated HIV care is a central element of House of Mercy’s program of services. Our client-focused strategy for coordinating care includes assessing a client’s need for specific health, psychological and social services; and assisting the client to access a wide range of services that will address those needs. Components of coordinated care include resident admission and assessment, development of a care plan including long term needs, ongoing coordination of medical services, monitoring the resident's health, and discharge planning when needed. Grant funds would help pay for caregivers' salaries and program expenses (24 hour care, clinical treatments, supplemental services) at the House of Mercy residence.