Wheeler Visits Misericordia – Heart of Mercy, Awed By Incredible Campus

Wheeler with Misericordia staff and a parent of one the 
hundreds of children served at their 31 acre campus.
State Representative Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake) recently had the opportunity to visit the 31 acre Misericordia – Heart of Mercy campus in Chicago and get a first-hand look at the incredible services and facilities it provides to the developmentally disabled. Their Chicago campus began serving persons with mild to profound developmental disabilities in 1954 and currently serves more than 600 hundred children and adults, many of whom come from poverty, throughout Chicagoland and the suburbs.

“Like many, I knew that Misericordia provided essential services for many of our most vulnerable, but I had no idea just how much they did to give every person they serve the ability to live a truly meaningful life,” said Wheeler. “Because of the environment fostered at their campus, residents don’t merely receive healthcare services, but a full range of educational, self-help and social related services that allow residents to become contributing members of society.

“The unique programs at Misericordia have allowed so many people to find meaningful jobs and live remarkably independent lives. The success of this kind of facility is exactly what we should be supporting and promoting in our state so more and more people with developmental disabilities can lead meaningful lives and be able to contribute just like everyone else.”

The Mission of Misericordia - Heart of Mercy (as stated on their website) is to support individuals with developmental disabilities in maximizing their level of independence and self-determination within an environment that fosters spirituality, dignity, respect and enhancement of quality of life. They promote development of natural family and community support, community awareness, education and advocacy.

Misericordia designs unique annual plans for the persons they serve focused on engaging each person in a combination of education, employment, therapy and recreational facilities so they can join the community at large. For more information about Misericordia – Heart of Mercy, the services they offer, or how to volunteer, visit: http://www.misericordia.com/.