The Mercy Center for Women is a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Mercy and is committed to enhancing the dignity of each person we serve through the healing of body, mind and spirit.
The Mercy Center for Women provides safe and supportive transitional housing for homeless women and their children; collaborative supportive programs, counseling, mentoring and education to our residents, as well as women and children in the community; self-esteem, budgeting and professional enhancement programs; programs based on spirituality, ethical values and building life skills; and through our Dress for Success Erie affiliate, women are prepared for the workforce with resume building and professional clothing. Our vision is for women to restore hope, wholeness and stability for self and children.
The Mercy Center for Women was founded in 1994 by combining the services of two agencies; Hope House, a transitional housing facility for women and children, and Grass Roots Opportunities for Women, an advocacy center. The Mercy Center for Women facility is housed in a former convent built in 1964 which is handicap accessible, and currently maintains 17 bedrooms that can accommodate 27-34 residents at any given time. The facility is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week in order to provide continuing social services and to secure the safety of the women and children who reside at the Mercy Center for Women.