Skip to page content

In the News

Recovery walk participants find hope in every step

Residents and leaders of two archdiocesan Catholic Social Services outreaches celebrated the path to sobriety and new life during a Sept. 22 stroll through Philadelphia.

Ministry asks faithful to step up for addiction recovery

Mercy Hospice, which supports women overcoming substance abuse, will join area outreaches for a virtual version of an annual walk celebrating sobriety.

Once sleeping in cars, she’s now heading for college

Bernadette spent almost 40 years living on the streets of North Philadelphia due to addiction. Thanks to an archdiocesan ministry that assists women in recovery, she’s taking classes — and control of her destiny.

The Mercy Mission

We are a community
grounded in faith,
mutual respect and support
where women in recovery
and their families can heal, grow
and pursue new beginnings,
on their way to self-sufficient
and sober living.

Why Mercy?

  • Residential Support for Women
  • Case Management
  • Parenting Services
  • Childcare Services
  • Life Skills / Education / Job Readiness Services
  • Drug & Alcohol Support Groups

Mercy News

Mercy Matters Summer 2020 newsletter now available

A Year At Mercy By The Numbers

  • 124 women and 19 children in residence
  • 63% came directly from inpatient treatment
  • 11% deferred or released from prison
  • 94% needed mental health services
  • Average length of stay 7 to 8 months
  • 51% discharged to independent housing
  • 29 connected to a home group, 41 obtained a sponsor
  • 11 of 18 successfully reunified with families

Learn how you can give back to Mercy

Make a Donation

Please consider making a donation to the Mercy Hospice Annual Appeal.  Your support can help us continue our mission to help those women and mothers with children experiencing homelessness.


In-Kind Donations

Please consider a donation of personal care products for women and new clothing for women and children.




Mercy Hospice has been a kind and good place for me. I am 52 years old and homeless. They open their doors to me with open arms. They help me with my health and other issues that have been hindering me such as mental health, drug addiction, and homelessness. They give me a reason to look forward to tomorrow. Thank you Mercy Hospice!

Kim, Resident

I arrived at Mercy Hospice in 2010 broken down mentally, physically and spiritually. I was on parole and had no where to turn. I wanted to live a life free from drugs and alcohol, but I wasn’t sure how to do that. Thru the kindness, knowledge and generosity of the staff and my fellow Mercy residents, I have not only remained sober, I’m employed, attending college and I have contact with the child I once abandoned for my addiction. If you had told me 5 years ago that my tag line would be #lorilovinglife I wouldn’t have believed you, but it is. I’ve worked diligently to develop a sober network and a relationship with God. I attend AA. And I don’t use under any conditions. My new life began at Mercy Hospice and for that I will be eternally grateful.

Jess, Resident


© 2020 Mercy Hospice of Philadelphia