In 1831, Catherine McAuley founded the Sisters of Mercy in Dublin, Ireland. Now, as then, the primary mission of the order is to provide emergency support and assistance for the economically disadvantaged with an emphasis on quality education for the less fortunate.
For more than 170 years, the Sisters of Mercy have served the poor and disadvantaged. The problems of 18th century Dublin - homelessness, hunger, healthcare, education - are not much different from the problems facing 21st century Asbury Park.
In 1986, the Sisters of Mercy purchased and renovated 1106 Main Street and incorporated under the title of Mercy Center. In 1991, the Sisters of Mercy purchased the adjacent property and after complete renovation, this building now has a very large food pantry, kitchen and a front space for offices and group meetings so that our clients could now come to a clean, safe and quiet environment.
Each day we witness lives being changed with kindness, compassion and understanding from our staff and volunteers. We are committed to helping the children, families and individuals overcome burdens and obstacles within an environment marked by dignity and justice.
Mercy Center is a part of the community, offering programs and services to help children, families and individuals live a full and productive life.