March 18, 2019
WSGE 91.7 FM Interview with Emily Chambers Sharpe
Listen to Emily's interview about how HIV/AIDS has impacted women and children in the world and in our community.
October 24, 2018
Welcome Emily E. Chambers Sharpe as New President!
House of Mercy welcomes Emily E. Chambers Sharpe as its new President/CEO. Sharpe is a visionary leader who brings to the House of Mercy varied experience working to support people affected by HIV/AIDS. She has worked for the US Department of State’s Office of the US Global AIDS Coordinator, as the Team Lead for President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief in Southern Africa. Most recently she worked for the Swiss humanitarian aid organization, Medair, as a
Senior Health and Nutrition Advisor, advising projects that provided community-based, primary healthcare services, and therapeutic feeding for the malnourished in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Somalia. Her first experience with HIV/AIDS was during a college volunteer mission in which she worked in a recovery home for women. There she saw people living with HIV without access to medication to keep their disease from progressing to AIDS.
“It's been my privilege to serve many vulnerable people, including those with HIV/AIDS and those in severe crisis—such as wars or famines—through my work in global public health program management,” said Sharpe. “I'm thrilled to return to service of people living with HIV and AIDS, and to work with House of Mercy, where people are really treated with dignity and the standard of care is the highest quality. Medications for HIV have changed things for the better. But there are still many vulnerable people without means or access to quality care, and House of Mercy fills this gap in our area.”
Sharpe lives in Charlotte with her husband Rob, three sons, and their rescue dog. “As my own children were born and my family chose to live in this area, I wanted to put my experience and skills to use to help my community and to have the chance to serve people I can see and interact with, like the residents at House of Mercy.”
Sharpe follows Stan Patterson who served in the position for 21 years and retired in October.
April 26, 2017
Catholic News Herald - House of Mercy’s Walk for AIDS raises $47,717 to support low-income residents living with AIDS
BELMONT — House of Mercy, a nonprofit residence serving low-income persons living with AIDS, held its 24th Annual Walk for AIDS April 22. Approximately 300 people participated in the walk on a beautiful spring morning to raise AIDS awareness and funds to benefit House of Mercy.
August 17, 2016
Catholic News Herald - ‘A sacred ministry’ caring for people living with HIV/AIDS
BELMONT — Brenda, 65, became infected with HIV after exchanging needles. She did not know where to turn until three years ago, when she found the House of Mercy.
“It was the hardest thing in the beginning, but I’m fine now,” she says. “I feel like this is my home.”
For the past 25 years, people like Brenda have found a refuge of peace and hope at the House of Mercy.
July 28, 2016
Catholic News Herald - Mercy Sisters exemplify can-do community spirit
BELMONT – If you want to know how to get something done, look to the Sisters of Mercy. Since 1869 when they first arrived in North Carolina, the sisters have accomplished many feats:
They established Catholic education in the Carolinas, starting with Sacred Heart Academy in Belmont, originally an all-girls finishing school. They founded hospitals including Mercy Hospital in Charlotte, which is still thriving today. And they created social ministries such as Holy Angels, a residential facility for the disabled; Catherine's House, a transitional home for homeless women and their children; and House of Mercy, a residence where low-income people suffering from advanced AIDS can get specialized care.
So what fuels their community? Service.