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Mercy Medical's Outreach to Those Who Are Homeless


As many of us are well aware, the fact of growing homelessness in the United States continues to escalate. It is said that 3.5 million people experience homelessness in a given year, that is, 1% of the population. We at Mercy Medical have tried to show our concern by supporting and collaborating with two organizations that are trying to address the needs:

Family Promise of Baldwin County serves the "invisible homeless"---families who sleep in cars or anywhere else they can be unnoticed because they have a fear of losing their children. Families comprise 40% of the homeless population, with 1 out of every 4 homeless persons being a child. This is a national, interfaith non-profit organization committed to helping these families by providing shelter, meals, and support services. And most of these services are provided by volunteers. To learn more about this worthy organization visit www.familypromisebc.org

McKemie Place in Mobile, Alabama is the only emergency overnight shelter for single homeless women in Baldwin, Mobile, and Washington counties. In 2011 the shelter provided for 465 women and filled the beds over 17,000 times---the number of times that women did not have to sleep on the streets of Mobile. It provides dinner, a place to shower and sleep and transportation to 15 Place where the women can receive a variety of social services. To learn more about this safe haven for women visit www.mckemieplace.org