Charity ReviewIssued: May 2016 Expires: May 2018
Tender Mercies, Inc.
Standards for Charity Accountability
Tender Mercies, Inc. meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
[To transform] the lives of homeless adults with mental illness by providing security, dignity and community in a place they call home.
Incorporated: 1985 in OH
Tender Mercies exists to serve the vulnerable and abandoned. Residents have lived on the streets while trying to cope with mental illness. The organization works to provide a home where individuals can live safely with dignity, connecting residents with services they need and giving them tools to return to being a productive and respected member of the community. Tender Mercies’ permanent supportive housing focuses on helping residents increase their skill levels and/or incomes, achieve residential stability, and obtain a greater self determination. Residents can stay in permanent housing as long as they require support in meeting goals.
Tender Mercies also provides transitional housing, with a goal of working intensively with residents to stabilize their psychiatric symptoms and assist them in acquiring the skills, support network, and stability to transition to permanent housing within 24 months. The Living Skills Program works with residents who need assistance in meeting activities of daily living due to impairment caused by symptoms of mental illness. The residents develop goals and are given access to skills training around basic needs of hygiene, nutrition, room maintenance, financial self-sufficiency and money management, and public transportation. The Shelter Plus Care Program is built on the premise that housing and services need to be connected in order to ensure the stability of housing for certain populations, and provides rental assistance that local grantees must match with an equal value of supportive services. The organization’s Street Outreach workers contact homeless people living in parks, cars, abandoned buildings, and shelters to build their trust and find them the housing or mental health services they require. According to the organization, in 2014, Tender Mercies served 193 men and women through its continuum of services.
Board Chair: Ms. Denise Montfort, Senior Manager Business Affiliation: Deloitte
Board Size: 16
% of Related Contributions on Fundraising: 13.97%
This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
The following information is based on Tender Mercies, Inc. Consolidated Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ending Wednesday, December 31, 2014.
A BBB Accredited Charity Seal Holder since 10/08/2014.
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