Our People, Our Neighborhood
Over the past thirty years, Mercy Center has developed into a trusted community resource for the predominantly low-income, immigrant residents of our Mott Haven neighborhood and other areas of the Bronx. Through our programs, we partner with women, men, and families as they address challenges faced by low-income immigrants, including their need for English language skills, adult education, financial coaching, affordable child care, family strengthening, and immigration assistance.
Through our core programs and a full complement of support services, Mercy Center addresses four critical challenges facing people who live in the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx:
successful employment while escaping economic poverty
violent and oppressive behaviors in families and the community
overburdened and underperforming schools
helping immigrants escape feelings of isolation by recognizing the power they have to change their lives as a vital part of their community.
Snapshot of our People
Fiscal Year 2020 (7/1/2019 - 6/30/2020)
Countries of Origin
Our participants come from 51 countries and 5 continents.
69% of our participants have an annual income of less than $21,000.
50% of our participants have completed less than a high school level education.
Mercy Center is home to one of the poorest Congressional Districts (15th) in the United States.
Sixty-nine percent of participant families live on annual household incomes of less than $21,000 .
Forty-one percent receive some form of government assistance (Food Stamps, Supplemental Security Income, Housing, Medicaid, etc.)
They represent 51 countries.
Most are Hispanic families (91%), with seventy-five percent having emigrated from the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Honduras, or Ecuador.
Almost one-third of participants have never attended high school and 50% have not graduated, often because of the responsibility or caring for young children.
Literacy levels vary, and work histories are largely in low-paying service industries. Almost 70% percent work in the Home Health Aide/Home Attendant, Restaurant, Construction, and Cleaning fields.