About Us

Our Vision

We  strive to alleviate generational poverty in the Greater Asbury Park area.

Our Mission

Guided by the tradition of the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Center provides services, programs, and education in a culturally sensitive manner to:

Empower People

Empower people in the greater Asbury Park area to reach their full potential by providing immediate and comprehensive services and programs to help stabilize their lives.


Enrich the lives of those we serve by offering opportunities to develop skills to maintain emotional, economic and physical well-being.

Educate Children

Educate children so that we can break the generational poverty one child, one family at a time.

Our Values

We are a community committed to living the core values of respect, justice, integrity, service, and compassion.


Board of Trustees

Mary Catherine Cuff, Chair
Former Acting New Jersey
Supreme Court Justice
State of New Jersey
Nicole Berry
Vice President,
Assistant General Counsel JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Cecil Bright
Managing Director
at Intrafi
Br. Frank Byrne
Auxiliary Provincial, Brothers of the Christian Schools’ District of Eastern North America (DENA)
Former President, Christian Brothers Academy
Laurence M. Downes
Retired CEO & Chairman,
New Jersey
Resources & New Jersey
Natural Gas
Dr. Jennifer J. Edmonds
PhD Dean
and Professor at School of Business,
Georgian Court University
Eugene Garb
Former CFO,
Vice President National, Educational Music
Rochelle Hendricks
Former NJ Secretary of Higher Education
Rosemary Jeffries, RSM
Former President,
Georgian Court University
Richard Jursca
Retired Manager,
Dupont Capital Management
Dana Lawrence,
‘04 Graduate
Quality Control Chemist, Accupac
Linda Leasor
Former Special Education Teacher
Anaika Napolean,
‘15 Graduate
Monmouth University
Chemistry Major
Evelyn Quinn
Associate Professor,
School of Arts & Sciences, Georgian Court University
Elaine Rocha
Senior Insurance and Financial Services Executive
Lu-Ann Russell
Senior Director, Special Events
Monmouth University
Carol Stillwell
President & CEO
Stillwell-Hansen, Inc.
Miriam Tort
Monmouth County
Nonprofit Founder
Kim Guadagno
Executive Director
Former Lt. Governor of NJ


Final Annual

Business financial report on table. Financial development, Banking Account, Statistics

Audit of Financial Statements

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Employment Opportunities

Sorry, we currently do not have any open employment opportunities

JOB TITLE: Sexual assault and Domestic violence counselor
DEPARTMENT: Family Resource Center
REPORT TO: Director of Family Services

Essential duties and Responsibilities:
To facilitate the healing of primary and secondary sexual assault and domestic violence
victims/survivors by providing sound emotional support to victims/survivors
Provides crisis intervention, advocacy, case management, and ongoing support
counseling to victims of domestic violence and sexual violence.
Provide crisis intervention, short-term individual counseling, and ongoing group
counseling for victims of sexual assault.
Apply a holistic (mind and body) approach to emotional health care.
Maintain of all case files and other records in strict compliance with policy, regulation,
and procedure.
Coordinates service planning and maintains ongoing contact with providers for
continuing care of clients.
Sessions are conducted virtually and or remotely with flexible working hours.
Ability to work well with a cross-section of clients.
Ability to coordinate case management for a diverse client population.
Knowledge of local resources.
Ability to relate well to people in crisis.
Ability to function well in a crisis setting where interruptions are frequent.
Basic knowledge of domestic violence and sexual assault dynamics.
Sexual violence and Domestic violence certification
Master’s degree in Social Work, LSW or LAC in NJ with a minimum of three (3) years
of experience in social services or a relevant degree, education, training, and

Starting salary at $57,000 per year, depending on experience and qualifications.
To apply: Email resume and cover letter to Dawn Dell’Omo,

*** Mercy Center is equal opportunity employer
Bilingual/bi-cultural in English/Spanish are encouraged to apply.

JOB TITLE: Bilingual Family Counselor (12-16 hours per week)

DEPARTMENT: Family Resource Center

REPORT TO: Director of Family Services


Provide trauma-informed care and support counseling to individuals, couples, children, families, and groups who are dealing with issues that affect their emotions, mental health, and welfare. Counselor should have the ability and skills to engage a diverse population, using a holistic approach “wellness” model, which highlights and encourages the client’s strengths.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

To work with individuals, groups, children, and families to improve their equilibrium and daily functioning

To engage and support clients as they discuss distressing emotions and experiences

To work on debilitating issues not limited to substance abuse, life cycle, anger, depression, relationships, LGBTQ, stress,  suicide, violence, etc.

To conduct psychosocial assessments and help clients define goals, mutually develop treatment/service plans and evaluate client progress

To provide crisis intervention services as needed

To develop and apply appropriate treatment modalities that address clients’ presenting issues

Refer clients to appropriate treatment, support, psychologists, and other services

To apply a holistic (mind and body) approach that assists with the healing process

Maintain clients’ case files and other records, in strict compliance with the agency’s policy, regulation, and procedures.

Must adhere to HIPAA and be in compliance with the NASW code of Ethics

Coordinate treatment planning and maintain ongoing contact with collaterals for continuing care of clients. 

Actively participates in ongoing training as needed to meet all licensing requirements and credentialing policies

Qualifications & Experiences:

MSW, LSW, or a related degree (must have no restrictions on current license)

Have the ability to work with an underserved, diverse population.

Capability to work as a team member, as well as independently, and maintain a positive and respectful attitude

Have strong analytical and strategic problem-solving skills

Must have experience in providing individual, and family counseling, case management, and advocacy

Have excellent communication and organizational skills

Proficiency in Microsoft Office- not limited to Word, Excel, etc.

Have a valid driver’s license and automobile insurance coverage

Successful completion of all required background checks, including civil, criminal, and motor vehicle background checks and fingerprinting as required

Preference bilingual in English/Spanish Individuals.

Email resume to: hr@mercycenternj.org

Our History


The Foundation

Mercy Center is sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy. In 1831, Catherine McAuley founded the Sisters of Mercy in Dublin, Ireland. Now, as then, the primary mission of the order remains “to relieve misery and address its causes” as per the Constitution of the Sisters of Mercy of America.

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, Mercy Center purchased the adjacent property and after complete renovation, the building opened and was a welcoming space providing multi-lingual services to serve the entire family. In 2003, Mercy Center opened a third building that contained a pantry on the first floor and additional conference/meeting space on the second floor.

Finally, Sisters Academy of NJ, a middle school, was opened on the west side to provide young women an education of excellence that would put an end to the generational cycle of poverty.

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Each day we witness lives being changed with kindness, compassion, and understanding from our staff and volunteers. We are committed to helping children, families, and individuals overcome their burdens and obstacles within an environment marked by dignity and justice.

With your help, we can do more to impact the community.

Cheryl Berman Testimonial