Mercy 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!
was founded by Theresa Carrington in 2003 following a difficult personal situation. When friends and family rallied around her -- helping with groceries, home upkeep and other family needs -- she filled a basket in her living room with all of their cards and letters as reminders of her many blessings. During her lectures to women’s groups about overcoming personal tragedy, attendees would ask where they could acquire “blessing baskets” so they could collect their own symbols of triumph and blessings.
As a result, she began a business of selling encouragement baskets, but she wanted to make sure that the makers of the baskets would be compensated fairly, without having to surrender the bulk of the profits to a middle man. From there, The Blessing Basket Project and the Prosperity Wage system were born.