Thanks to you the Franciscans were able to help support Tender Mercies, an organization in Cincinnati, Ohio, that has been providing housing for homeless people with chronic mental illness since 1985.
Studies show that at least one third of homeless people in Cincinnati suffer from mental illness. Those who are living on the streets or in shelters often do not know where to go for help.
Their outreach workers encounter individuals living in parks, cars, abandoned buildings, and other places not meant for human habitation, as well as individuals staying at emergency shelters. Tender Mercies works with them to help them build trusting relationships and to obtain needed housing and mental health services.
For many of the homeless who suffer from mental illness, Tender Mercies is that place that provides security, dignity and a community in a place they call home.
Your generosity has allowed the friars to support worthwhile programs like Tender Mercies serving the poor, homeless and mentally ill.