Tribune Survey Names Mercy Home For Boys And Girls One Of Chicago's Best Places To Work

Nov 14, 2012, 16:04 ET from Mercy Home for Boys & Girls

CHICAGO, Nov. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Chicago Tribune has named Mercy Home for Boys & Girls one of Chicago's best places to work in its annual survey of area employers. Mercy Home was ranked number five among midsize companies and organizations, defined as those with 250-999 employees.

This was Mercy Home's first appearance on the list in the three years that the Chicago Tribune has partnered with Exton, PA-based Workplace Dynamics to conduct the survey. Results were based exclusively on questionnaires sent to employees of businesses all over Chicago asking them to judge their workplaces on a wide range of criteria, including the quality of management and leadership, flexibility of work schedules, the openness of communication and more. Mercy Home scored well above benchmarks of respondents in the demographic at nonprofit: human and social service organizations. 

"This is truly a tremendous honor, and one of the biggest distinctions we've received in our 125-year history of caring for kids in crisis," said Rev. L. Scott Donahue, Mercy Home President and CEO.  Donahue credited his co-workers for their commitment, creativity and passion, which helped make Mercy Home the supportive and rewarding workplace that was depicted in the survey results: "It is truly a testament to the outstanding work that you do day in and day out for the young people who are entrusted to our care. I am privileged to work with such amazing coworkers and I am grateful to them for earning this recognition for Mercy Home." 

Mercy Home employs people in two Chicago locations—a home for boys in the West Loop and a home for girls in Beverly. They include social workers and mental-health professionals, educators, and IT, human resources, finance, fundraising, volunteer management, kitchen and maintenance staff. It also includes a group of live-in, post-college volunteers who work with the Home's young people through a program known as MercyWorks.

In addition to being listed as one of the area's best places to work, the magazine featured a work-life profile of the home. The article described the sense of mission that motivates Mercy Home staff to do their best every day and the sense of family that provides them with the support they need to help kids heal from extremely difficult pasts.

About Mercy Home for Boys & Girls

Now celebrating its 125th anniversary and led by Fr. Scott Donahue, Mercy Home for Boys & Girls has been a solution for kids in crisis since 1887. Through its residential, aftercare, and mentoring programs Mercy Home offers a safe home, emotional healing, education, and life-changing opportunities for more than 600 young people every year. It gives children who have suffered abuse, neglect, poverty and even abandonment the therapeutic, academic and vocational support they need to heal from the traumas of their pasts, and build success for their futures. Mercy Home is 99.7% privately funded and operates at two locations in Chicago–a home for boys at 1140 W. Jackson Blvd. and a home for girls at 11600 S. Longwood Dr.

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