The mission of Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach Services is to provide educational, health and outreach services to the people in need on James, Johns and Wadmalaw Islands, and at the Neighborhood House of Charleston, while encouraging and supporting self-sufficiency and self-esteem.
The organization began auspiciously only two weeks before Hurricane Hugo devasted the Charleston area (September 21-22, 1989). After dealing with immediate concerns of disaster relief, and in consultation with area residents, the Outreach began to dedicate itself to providing services urgently needed in the sea islands area. Services have grown each year since.
Located on Johns Island, SC, the Outreach currently extends a helping hand to over 11,000 residents yearly through educational programs, health services and responding to basic human needs. In partnership with over 250 volunteers, the staff effectively delivers a variety of services, including emergency assistance, dental, prenatal and women’s healthcare, lifeskills classes, English as a Second Language and GED instruction, after-school tutoring and a summer enrichment camp. Services are always provided without regard to race, religion, disability or any other extraneous consideration. Building on the synergy among the services it provides, the Outreach seeks to address the undercurrents of poverty and foster the capacity of area residents to improve the quality of their lives and the life of the community.
Visit the Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach website for more information.