My guest today is Damien Douglas, a maintenance engineer at our West Loop Campus and a member of our facilities department. The coworkers in facilities have countless responsibilities that keep our campus clean and safe, but the most important aspect of their job most recently is maintaining cleanliness at Mercy Home during the pandemic. To learn more about the impact members of our facilities department make on our kids, please visit our website. #AroundOurHome #Facilities #Essential



My guests today are three of Mercy Home's therapists. Our therapists work with our kids to help them heal from trauma and other difficulties through psychotherapy and other interventions that support healthy regulation. Their role is key to helping our young men and women maintain good mental health, especially in the times of uncertainty we are experiencing right now. To learn more about the impact our therapists make on our kids, please visit our website. #AroundOurHome #MentalHealth #Therapy

Our guests today are three coworkers who have been instrumental in our emergency task force initiative. Our Director of Planning & Evaluation Patrick Needham, our Manager of Community Partnerships & Marketing Juan Medina, and Mario Tamayo, the Manager of Youth Program Operations. When COVID-19 hit, Mercy Home acted immediately and made sure we were taking the correct steps to provide basic necessities for our kids and families. Today, the task force is still working hard and playing a vital role in making sure our kids and families get food and the care they need every week. There are plenty of ways to help the task force, including donating non-perishable food items at Mercy Home’s drop-off site, located behind 1100 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago. We'll be accepting donations on Mondays and Tuesdays between 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. You can also make a donation by visiting our website.

Our guest today is Sarah Juarez, the nurse at Mercy Home for Boys & Girls. Sarah manages our kids’ entire medication system and works with Mercy Home’s contract psychiatrist, acting as an advocate for our kids. She also provides health education and trainings, as well as works with our youth if they have acute injuries or illnesses. In this episode, Sarah talks about ways to stay healthy during a pandemic and gives us an insider look on being a nurse in a residential environment. You'll also hear us discuss our AfterCare program, which invites all former residents of Mercy Home and their families ongoing support, encouragement, and resources. If you'd like to learn more about both of our campuses you can take a virtual tour on our website.

Our guest today is Alban Fisher, the Clinical Director at Mercy Home for Boys & Girls. Alban works with both our young people and coworkers, acting as a mentor to our clinicians and supporting their professional development. In this episode, Alban gives advice on how to talk to kids who are dealing with doubt and anxiety during this time, ways to cope with the crisis, stress management during the stay-at-home order, and gives an update on how the kids of Mercy Home are doing. For more resources surrounding Covid-19, please visit our blog.



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