Mission & Vision

Mission Statement

Mercy Center provides hope, help and healing to people in the community through education, emergency and family services. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Center has a special concern for families and children and is committed to living the core values of Respect, Justice, Integrity, Service and Compassion.

Vision Statement

Mercy Center is committed to providing people with the resources necessary to overcome life’s burdens and obstacles in an environment marked by dignity and respect.


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, the building now has a very large food pantry, kitchen and front space for offices and group meetings. Our clients can 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 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.

Board of Trustees

Nicole Berry

Mary Catherine Cuff

Maureen Domal

Karen Escobedo

Eugene Garb

Sister Rosemary Jeffries

Richard Jursca

Dana Lawrence


Linda Leasor

Penny McDaniel

Melissa Munoz Gonzalez

Sister Mary Louise Miller

Gerald Radke

Mary Beth Radke, Chair

Lu-Ann Russell

Thomas Villane

Sister Carol Ann Henry


Sister Carol Ann Henry
Executive Director
Phone: 732-774-9397
Email: sistercarol@mercycenternj.org

Sister Mary Louise Miller
Principal of Sisters Academy
Phone: 732-774-9056
Email: sistersacademyofnj@gmail.com

Lynn Sikora
Director of Finance
Phone: 732-774-9397 (ext. 124)
Email: lynn@mercycenternj.org

Eileen Greenlay
Development Coordinator
Phone: 732-774-9397 (ext. 114)
Email: eileen@mercenternj.org

Veronica Gilbert-Tyson
Director of Family Resource Center
Phone: 732-774-9397 (ext. 118)
Email: veronica@mercenternj.org

Patty Sanchez
Coordinator (Bilingual)
Phone: 732-774-9397 (ext. 122)
Email: intake@mercycenternj.org

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