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About Misericordia


We promote development of natural family and community support, community awareness, education and advocacy.

A Continuum of Care and a Network of Services

Misericordia offers a community of care that maximizes potential for persons with mild to profound developmental disabilities, many of whom are also physically challenged.  By serving society’s most vulnerable citizens, Misericordia also serves the families who want the best for them, yet cannot provide it at home.

Through a spectrum of residential options on its 31-acre Chicago campus and in the community, and with a wide variety of programs, Misericordia currently serves more than 600 children and adults from diverse racial, religious and socio-economic backgrounds. Twenty percent of our residents either come from poverty families or have no families and are wards of the State.  Click here for our annual report.


Misericordia offers a continuum of care to meet their diverse needs and aspires for each individual to live as independently as possible in the highest level of community integration feasible. Residential settings include:

  • CILAs (Community Integrated Living Arrangements for small groups in neighborhood homes outside Misericordia’s main campus)
  • On-campus apartments
  • Group homes on-campus
  • Skilled nursing residence

Misericordia residents are important citizens of the greater Chicago community. Some residents work regularly at Chicago businesses. Other businesses outsource projects to be performed on-campus by Misericordia residents. Community volunteers bring their expertise to Misericordia. Residents regularly go on community excursions for social and recreational events. Misericordia strives to involve its residents in all feasible aspects of community living.

While Misericordia is operated by the Sisters of Mercy under the auspices of the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, which has generously provided the property upon which Misericordia stands, its programs, renovations and new buildings are made possible through private fundraising.


Misericordia receives support for operations from the Illinois Department of Human Services, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, the Department of Children and Family Services and the Illinois State Board of Education.

Misericordia is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation providing help for those in need since 1921. With the support of affiliated groups, legislators and volunteers, and through the generosity of corporations, foundations, individuals and families, Misericordia will continue to work toward a bright future where persons with disabilities achieve maximum independence and realize their greatest potential - in an environment of dignity, challenge, respect and spirituality.

Mission Statement


The Mission of Misericordia/Heart of Mercy is to support individuals with developmental disabilities in maximizing their level of independence and self-determination within an environment that fosters spirituality, dignity, respect and enhancement of quality of life. We promote development of natural family and community support, community awareness, education and advocacy.

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