History

Mercy Haven began in 1985 in Bay Shore, Long Island, when Sisters Patricia Griffith and Kathleen Nolan joined together with a group of concerned citizens to prevent 116 residents of the Baybright Hotel from losing their home. They established a nonprofit agency and named it "Mercy Haven," with a founding mission to provide housing for persons living with mental illness.

 

From these humble beginnings, Mercy Haven has grown to be a multifaceted community resource. We have brought services to both Nassau and Suffolk Counties and are committed members of the communities we serve.

 

Mercy Haven Throughout the Years

 

 

1985.  Mercy Haven is founded by a group of concerned citizens as a not-for-profit agency to prevent the 116 residents of the Baybright Hotel in Bay Shore, NY from losing their homes.

1989-1990.  Opened the first housing offered by Mercy Haven--Community Residences--to provide housing and services to 34 individuals diagnosed with mental illness who were referred from clinics, families, and state hospitals.

1991.  Thanks to funding from the NYS Homeless Housing Assistance Program (HHAP) Mercy Haven launches H.E.A.R.T.H.:  "Healed, Encouraged, and Renewed Through Housing."  This supported housing program began by providing 8 individuals in scattered sites not owned by Mercy Haven.

November 1996. Launched REAP (Residential Empowerment and Achievement Program), offering residents education, recreation, job training and part-time employment opportunities.

 

 

November 1997. The Mercy Advocacy Program opens, serving as a law office for the poor and assisting Mercy Haven residents in civil legal issues.  The "MAP" program has since expanded to include training and consultation to staff of mental health agencies throughout Long Island, New York State and beyond.

1998. Purchased Pleasant Gardens Adult Home, an historic home in Bayport, which offers a warm, home-like atmosphere and round-the-clock assistance to 26 adults who need assistance with their daily living activities.

2007.  Mercy Haven's impact continued to expand beyond Mercy Haven's walls with the launch of Breakthrough, an education and outreach program offered to homeless individuals and those at-risk for homelessness.

 

2008. Through MAP, Mercy Haven wins landmark legal decision Graves v. Doar, awarding retroactive food stamp benefits to more than 118,000 households in New York State, including residents of Mercy Haven's Community Residences.

2010. Mercy Haven celebrates its 25th Anniversary and opens it's first home that's a completely brand new construction in Patchogue.

2011. Awarded $2,435,000 from New York States Homeless Housing Assistance Corporation for the purchase of 4 new homes that will house 5 families currently living in homeless shelters.

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