On Saturday, August 5th, The Tradesman hosted their annual summer cookout. They grilled hot dogs and hamburgers served with all the fixin's including potato salad, macaroni salad, baked beans, broccoli salad, deviled eggs, pasta salad, homemade chili and wonderful desserts including banana pudding, key lime pie, brownies and more! Residents enjoyed a great meal, fellowship and lots of fun.
After dinner, The Tradesmen presented a $3,000 check to House of Mercy! House of Mercy appreciates The Tradesmen's loyal and generous support.
Congratulations to Stan Patterson, House of Mercy President and CEO, for 20 years of service to House of Mercy! Stan joined House of Mercy on June 10, 1997 and was surprised at the August board meeting with a dinner celebration in honor of his 20th anniversary as President. We made the quick drive to Nellie's restaurant in Belmont where Stan was further surprised by family and staff members. Board Chair Maggie Baucom presented a tribute, framed words of appreciation and a memory book of House of Mercy photos and letters from board and staff.
Great food and camaraderie... Congratulations Stan!
On Monday, July 3rd seven youth with Catholic Heart Work Camp arrived at House of Mercy, a ministry of the Sisters of Mercy providing a home and compassionate care for low-income persons living with AIDS. The Heart Work Campers are one of 52 Catholic work camps held in the U.S. and Jamaica this summer with over 350 high school students at each camp.
Campers from Florida, Illinois, Wisconsin and North Carolina worked and played hard at House of Mercy. The teens washed all the windows and doors at the residence, trimmed trees and bushes, pulled weeds, spread 55 bags of mulch on natural areas, generally spruced up the grounds and enjoyed playing Bingo and Uno with residents.
House of Mercy is very appreciative of community support including delicious meals provided by Faith Victory Ministry & Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, Roger Fenlon, Mama’s Family, and Queen of the Apostles Catholic Church. Papa John’s of Belmont donated pizzas, Mary Kelly donated a wheelchair and pantry items were collected by South Charlotte Mercy Associates. Students at Belmont Abbey College contributed an offering from a recent student mass.
Recent grants were awarded from Carolinas Care Partnership, The Dover Foundation, First Gaston Foundation, Kent R. Hofmann Foundation, The Howe Foundation, Leon Levine Foundation, Poverty Justice & Peace Fund and the Wells Fargo Foundation. Thank you!
Did You Know?
House of Mercy, an AIDS ministry founded by the Sisters of Mercy in Belmont, has provided a home and specialized care for 328 low-income men and women since 1991. House of Mercy’s primary service area includes Mecklenburg, Gaston, Union, Anson, Stanly, Rowan, Cabarrus, Iredell, Lincoln and Cleveland counties. Mecklenburg County, House of Mercy’s largest county served, ranks first among 100 NC counties with the most HIV cases diagnosed.
The NC Department of Health and Human Services reports as of December 31, 2016 there were 34,840 reported persons diagnosed and living with HIV infection in North Carolina with 13% of those unaware they are infected. At the end of 2016, an estimated 8,151 persons were diagnosed and living with HIV in the 10 counties served by House of Mercy. Approximately 2,886 of those were diagnosed with AIDS (stage 3).*
In 2015, the South accounted for 52% of all new AIDS diagnoses in the U.S. and 53% of deaths attributed directly to HIV or AIDS. The majority of states with the lowest levels of linkage to care are in the South. Persons engaged in HIV medical care are more likely to achieve viral suppression, live longer lives and are less likely to transmit the virus.**
A photo tour of House of Mercy is available on our website. Financial donations may be made via credit card online or by check to House of Mercy. A Wish List of needed household and pantry items is also on the website.
*NC HIV/STD Surveillance Reports: 2015 Annual and 2016 Q4 **Centers for Disease Control
Make a difference...
You can make a difference in the lives of low-income persons living with AIDS in our area by supporting House of Mercy. Help change a life with a credit card donation, check or money order payable to:
House of Mercy,
P. O. Box 808, Belmont, NC 28012
You can give a gift in honor of or in memory of someone. An acknowledgement card will be sent to the persons you designate.
Catholic Heart Work Camp youth and facilitator after a good day of work and play.
House of Mercy Board Chair Maggie Baucom
reveals board members are headed to a
dinner celebration in honor of Stan.
Stan's family and friends wait to surprise
Stan at Nellie's Restaurant in Belmont.
Stan displays a memory book of photos
and letters of appreciation.
House of Mercy Board member
Sr. Jill Weber, Stan and Sr. Rosaling Picot
Stan with sons Brad (L), Ben (R),
wife Jane and grandson Jacob
Tie Dye Party at House of Mercy!
The artists' results!