Charity Spotlight

Mercy HouseMercy House is a non-profit organization founded in 1988 by Father Jerome T. Karcher. In the last 12 months, Mercy House has helped nearly 600 individuals remain in their homes, served nearly 2,000 people at access centers, aided more than 3,600 in emergency shelter programs, transitioned more than 190 people out of temporary shelters, and facilitated permanent housing for over 400. Donate directly!

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Hands for Hope ( was founded in 2000 as an after-school and single parent resource program to serve predominately low-income minority youth and their families in North Hollywood. Created to address the “latchkey child” syndrome, H4H provides a safe a supportive environment where at-risk youth are nurtured and can evolve into their best selves. After-school programs provide a safe place to be from 3-7 pm, the crucial hours when many children are unattended, unsupervised and vulnerable to the many enticements of the streets. All classes are facilitated by volunteer instructors who are professionals in their respective fields. Its programs are dedicated to broadening horizons, developing talents, promoting self-esteem and instilling life preparation skills.


News Release: 12.13.2012 Michael Omidi & Julian Omidi Lend a Hand to Local Youth Progam -- Hands for Hope