For many young people aged between 12 and 25, upheaval is the name of the game as they chart the tricky passage from adolescence to adulthood. But for the ones who come to MercyCare this process has been fast forwarded as they cope with adult sized problems like family breakdown, homelessness, or mental health issues, leaving them isolated and at risk.
MercyCare’s expertise is working with them at these critical times and helping them deal with their trauma, at the same time as transitioning to a stable independent life with real choices for their future.
The MercyCare Youth Fund helps vulnerable young people aged between 12 and 25 find appropriate, stable, safe accommodation; stay engaged in school and education; find pathways into training and employment; reconnect to their community and culture and support and celebrate young leaders.
You can read thank you letters below about how residents have moved on to better lives.
This young resident transitioned to supported accommodation and is currently studying, volunteering for MercyCare and undertaking a Duke of Edinburgh Award.
To Carlow House workers
"Thank you for everything, the support, the friends, companionship. You guys are honestly amazing! I would not be going to foyer if wasn’t for you all.
You are all amazing at your job! My safest and best Easter and Christmas were spent here! You made me realise that what happened to me isn’t my fault and I can change it all. Keep up the great work."
"To MercyCare, who have helped me when I need help, you brought my hope back, when I thought that my life was about to end.
I didn’t really think I am going to get a chance to do something for myself in the future while looking after kids, but you showed me everything is possible.
I can't thank you enough for all you have done for me. What I can say is God bless. I would like to thank T for being there for me every single day... she is someone everyone could ask for."
This young mum is now studying - and in her spare time - volunteering at MercyCare.