Errands of Mercy
Mercy Care has achieved significant progress from its first year of operations in 2008 when the goal was to recruit and train 15 Friendship Volunteers. Since 2008 Mercy Care has provided direct service to elders by recruiting and training more than 150 Friendship Volunteers who have contributed over 27,000 hours of carrying out errands of mercy for their elder neighbors in the Tri-Lakes area valued at over $650,000.
For the period July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017, 5424 hours of Mercy Care Volunteer assistance were donated to help their elder neighbors, valued at $130,935. Volunteers drove 42,424 miles and transported elders on 1169 trips to meet various needs. Mercy Care volunteers are currently assisting more than 125 elders in the Tri-Lakes region with Direct Service.
To illustrate more fully, an elder responded recently to our program evaluation survey and said,
“At least when I go out I have someone I can say hi to when I run into one of my workers. Before Mercy Care I really didn’t feel like I ever wanted to go out much. By the friendship of Mercy Care workers and help for rides to doctors and shopping I feel I can keep going continuing my life."
Several of our volunteers and the elders they assist worked on the “Doors of Mercy” project together. The Volunteers took a photo of the elder they assist greeting them at their doors. The beautiful photos of our elder friends express the mercy they receive from and give to our Volunteers.
Our Mercy Care volunteers Make Mercy Real! They perform the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy—actions that include welcoming the stranger, comforting the sorrowful, and visiting the sick.