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Tender Mercies transforms the lives of homeless adults with mental illness by providing security, dignity, and community in a place they call home.
Tender Mercies is committed to the goals of security, dignity, and community, with and for its residents
- Security means a housing environment where residents' personal safety is a
- Dignity means a housing environment that allows residents to develop personal, social and economic strengths;
- Community means a regular, predictable housing environment with a sense of belonging, family and affirmation of individuals.
In addition, Tender Mercies offers related service to its residents to insure a dignified way of life by:
- procuring benefits for residents
- offering social and recreational opportunities
- serving as an advocate for additional services needed or entitled to its residents.
Since 1985, Tender Mercies has been providing housing for homeless people with chronic mental illness. Three clergymen created the organization after two women with a history of mental illness became victims of a violent crime.
The women had spent years in various mental hospitals and ultimately ended up living on Cincinnati's streets. The clergymen found the women a place to live on Race Street but someone broke into the building, assaulting both women and murdering one. It was painfully clear something had to be done. That something... was Tender Mercies.
Tender Mercies receives partial funding from the Hamilton County Mental Health Board, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, City of Cincinnati, and United Way.
Although the money received from the above sources is significant, it is not enough to keep our doors open. Tender Mercies relies heavily on the generosity of the Greater Cincinnati community to meet our budget needs.
Each year it is necessary to raise more than $500,000 from individuals, foundations and corporations to balance our operating budget.
Since five of Tender Mercies' buildings are more than 100 years old, our capital needs are also great. Again, we rely on generous donations from individuals, foundations and corporations to keep our buildings more than up to code.
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