WINGS for Mercy Care members are ambassadors, philanthropists and volunteer fundraisers for the Mercy Care Foundation to support Mercy Care and its mission. Originally an independent committee of the Saint Joseph's Auxiliary, in 1992 Wings established itself as a part of Saint Joseph's Mercy Foundation with its own by-laws. Represented by a diverse group of dedicated individuals, Wings' personal commitment is powerful. Wings members produce a variety of special events annually in support of Mercy Care's fundraising and budgetary needs. Since 1990, Wings has raised more than $8.5 million in support of Mercy Care and $3 million in support of legacy, hospital programs. As a group, Wings volunteers dedicate hundreds of hours every year to support key initiatives which provide comfort and everyday needed items for clients. Wings volunteers express a variety of interests with their volunteering, and being a volunteer looks different from volunteer to volunteer. It could mean collecting winter coats at your place of business to stock the coat closet, participating in a spring foot washing, gathering friends together to attend the Wings of Mercy Ball, spreading cheer by playing board games with individuals released from Grady who are to sick to return to the streets, or finding their unique gift and sharing it with Mercy Care.
WINGS members serve as ambassadors to the community for the Foundation. They serve as volunteer fundraisers for Mercy Care by hosting an annual Wings of Mercy Ball and Golf Classic. The group also orchestrates an annual coat drive. The drive gathers winter coats, clothing, blankets and toiletry items to help support Mercy Care's homeless outreach mission. WINGS' dedication to Mercy Care mission can be seen in its commitment to the wide variety of projects they host and WINGS members make a commitment to personally volunteer at Mercy Care headquarters at the downtown clinic.
About Mercy Care
ABOUT MERCY CARE Since the 1980s, Mercy Care has been a healing presence among Atlanta's homeless and uninsured populations by providing high quality integrated care. In the tradition of the Sisters of Mercy, care reflects compassion and respect for vulnerable patients. As access and coverage inequities persist, a growing number of families and individuals rely on Mercy Care, a Federally Qualified Health Center, to meet their primary healthcare needs. A network of nine fixed site and five mobile clinics provides excellent medical care and is staffed with a mix of employed and volunteer physicians, nurse practitioners, dentists, dental hygienists, optometrists, registered nurses and medical assistants. By providing a healthcare home for uninsured patients, Mercy Care alleviates the burden on hospital emergency rooms throughout metro Atlanta. In addition to primary care, an array of critical wrap-around services including dental and vision care, radiology, prenatal education, behavioral health, HIV and homeless case management services are available. Mercy Care’s dedicated staff, tireless volunteers and caring donors are a vital part of the city’s medical safety net, catching those who fall through the cracks of mainstream healthcare. As one staff member commented, "We give our clients hope. This may be the best medicine of all." In 2014, Mercy Care’s 14 clinics provided medical care to nearly 12,000 individuals; 65% were experiencing homelessness. Less than 9% of Mercy Care's budget came from patient revenue. For the remainder, Mercy Care relied on compassionate donors, grantors, volunteers and partners to support our mission.
Founded by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Care was created in 1985 by volunteer nurses and physicians and grew from modest beginnings into a "medical home" that provides an excellent, integrated system of primary medical care for adults and children, dental, behavioral health, optometry, and vision services, education and social services reaching thousands of persons in need throughout Atlanta each year. We operate nine fixed site clinics: Decatur Street, North on Buford Highway, St. Luke's, The Gateway, City of Refuge, Atlanta Day Shelter, Dekalb CSB, The Imperial, and Mary Hall Freedom House. Five mobile clinic sites are conducted in community partner facilities or on board our mobile health coach.
Our clinic services are available to the uninsured, under-insured, persons living in poverty and homelessness and HIV-positive individuals on a sliding-fee scale according to a patients ability to pay. We offer resource referral, supportive services, case management and mental health assessment. We also provide health education programs on a variety of topics including: prenatal care, parenting, obesity, Diabetes management and child health education to Atlanta's Hispanic community.
Mercy Care is a "medical home" offering efficient, integrated system of primary health care, education and social services and reaches thousands of persons in need throughout Atlanta each year. Services offered at Atlanta-area clinics:
Primary health care
Primary Dental services
Blood pressure checks
Vision exams & glasses
HIV counseling & testing
HIV/AIDS/STD education & prevention programs
HIV primary care & dental care at Early Intervention Clinic
Pap screenings & breast exams
Outreach to street-bound homeless persons
Mental health case management and treatment& Supportive housing services
Hispanic family health promotion
Information in Spanish
Mercy Care "Founding Moments"
2012 As a result of the Emory/Saint Joseph's Hospital partnership, Mercy Care and the hospital operate independently of each other. Mercy Care relies more on financial support from the broader community to advance its mission of providing excellent healthcare to the poor and marginalized of Atlanta.
1985 Founded by staff, volunteers and medical professionals of Saint Joseph's Hospital, Mercy Care Services is incorporated to serve Atlanta's growing population of sick, poor, homeless, underserved and underinsured. In 1986 the first Mercy Mobile medical coach is funded by an anonymous donor whose family was treated at Saint Joseph's.
1880 Saint Joseph's Infirmary, Atlanta's first hospital after the Civil War, is founded by the Sister's of Mercy. This hospital is later known as Saint Joseph's Hospital.
1831 Catherine McAuley founds the Sister ofMercy in Dublin, Ireland, with branches spreading to the United States in 1843.