Get to know our beneficiary,
Mother of Mercy House!
CFGP looks forward to celebrating #GivingTuesday each year. If you've never heard of #GivingTuesday, it's a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this year’s #GivingTuesday will take place on November 27th and will kick off the giving season by inspiring people to collaborate and give back.
We’re already just one month away from #GivingTuesday. Can you believe it? It feels like just yesterday we were introducing you to our friends at Mother of Mercy House. If you didn’t have the chance to get to know them last year, we are proud to announce that for the second year in a row, they will be our official #GivingTuesday beneficiary.
Mother of Mercy House is located in the Kensington and Allegheny section of Philadelphia. For those who may not know the city neighborhoods, this is an area riddled with violence, crime and a drug epidemic that’s only getting worse. But at the center of it all stands Mother of Mercy House. Right at the corner of East Allegheny Avenue and F Streets, their bright blue awning welcomes all those seeking a safe haven. But it’s what’s inside that makes this place so special.
Inside Mother of Mercy House, you’ll find Reverend Liam Murphy and Sr. Ann Raymond Welte, and they will make you feel right at home. They will offer you food if you are hungry, a place to pray if you are weary, and a listening ear if you are struggling. And while offering these supportive services might seem like the obvious thing to do for someone in need, why is it that so few are?
Last year for #GivingTuesday, CFGP raised over $10,000 for the supportive services offered at Mother of Mercy House, including food assistance, clothing distribution, and prayer services. But more importantly, we helped raise awareness for Fr. Murphy and Sr. Ann’s work with those impacted by addiction. On any given day, Fr. Murphy and Sr. Ann are tasked with watching over the drug afflicted in their community. Not because they are asked, but because that is what they are called to do. They, quite literally, walk the streets searching for individuals in need of help. They are driving them to hospitals and treatment centers, offering spiritual guidance and words of support, and, in the most heartbreaking cases, helping to bring them back to consciousness.
Today, it’s difficult to find someone who this disease has not touched. But the work being done at Mother of Mercy House is a reminder that those impacted are never alone. Fr. Murphy and Sr. Ann embody what it means to live as Jesus did, and they have grown Mother of Mercy House into more than just a ministry of the Church. It’s a place of hope and mercy.
This #GivingTuesday, join us as we once again shine a light on Mother of Mercy House, a true blessing in the Philadelphia community.
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