WEST HARTFORD — A $25,000 grant from the Raskob Foundation will aid The Mercy Community in helping people transition out of homelessness.
“We are thrilled to be awarded this generous gift,” said William J. Fiocchetta, president and CEO of The Mercy Community in a statement. “The funding will allow us to foster new initiatives in our outreach to women and men who could benefit so much not only from a safe, comfortable place to call home, but also from a place that offers them exposure to education and the arts and friends with whom they can enjoy their journeys.”
The Raskob Foundation for Catholic Activities Inc. granted the money to The Mercy Community to provide housing and services for those transitioning from homelessness in Greater Hartford.
Greg Davis, a spokesman for The Mercy Community, said the funding will also be used to provide “cultural, educational, medical and professional programs for the residents at the Frances Warde Towers Apartments at Saint Mary Home.”
The Mercy Community is a retirement facility that includes the Saint Mary Home nursing, rehabilitation, and adult day care services. It also includes The McAuley, a continuing care retirement community.
The Frances Warde Towers Apartments at Saint Mary Home is a 97-bed residential care facility that provides seniors a “supportive, supervised living environment,” Davis said. Residents include 16 individuals in transition from homelessness, and Davis said that eight residents have moved from the towers to independent living in the past year.
The Rasko grant will also allow The Mercy Community to hire a social worker for outreach in Hartford, Bloomfield, and surrounding towns, which Davis said have been identified by the Hartford Department of Health and Human Services as having the greatest need.