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!
The Young Storytellers Foundation (http://www.youngstorytellers.com) is a volunteer initiative that provides sequential arts education programs to public elementary schools, with plans to branch into middle and high school. Schools and school districts do not pay for the Young Storytellers Foundation services; the program operates entirely with funds contributed from donors and friends of the program. The project began in 1997 when a group of young and passionate screenwriters decided to supplement public schools’ foundering arts programs with writing workshops that they would conduct themselves. The programs were created with the intent of fostering literacy and challenging the imagination by allowing the kids to not only tell their own stories, but by also giving them the opportunity to perform their works.
In addition to providing instruction in a classroom environment, the Young Storytellers Foundation offers summer camps and workshops in filmmaking, screenplay writing, theatrical staging and performance. The courses and programs are sponsored by entertainment industry heavyweights like Disney, Sony, Universal Studios and Fox. Every year, approximately 700 children participate in the different programs offered by YSF, and thousands of students attend public performances of the works of the program participants. YSF is very proud that 100% of students in the program complete a script of their own and see it performed.