Welcome Faith!

An Introduction to Mercy Volunteer, Faith Casella-Lopez Full Circle: through a series of developments that lead back to the original source, position, or situation or to a complete reversal of the original position When I discovered the potential opportunity to do a year of service with Mercy Volunteer Corp in fall of 2020, I had just started a new position with a wonderful community services agency supporting foster children during their supervised family visits. Since work hours were limited and the future held many unknowns at that time, I took the chance at applying to be a Mercy Volunteer for the

A backyard transformation…in progress

In July 2021, we purchased the vacant lot next to the Lydia’s House shelter. In doing so, we started a year long process of clearing out the empty lot and preparing to expand the backyard space behind the shelter. On the first of many Saturday morning yard days, the Bellarmine Youth Group came and helped us take out the chain link fence along the left side of the shelter. The Bellarmine Youth Group came four times, over the Summer/Fall of 2021, and made excellent progress preparing the yard, including, prepping the garage for a fresh coat of paint. During the

Sabbath Rest

On Sabbath Rest and What God Wants For Us by Mary Ellen Mitchell I often look to the Old Testament to imagine what God was designing for humanity, albeit re-told through the eyes and minds of humans. If we look to the Garden of Eden, theoretically the best version of life God could offer, we lived outside unencumbered, were provided for daily, and were friends with the Creator. From here, we fell, out of a desire to know more, to have more agency, to taste of the fruit of knowledge of good and evil. We were then consigned to wearing

Spring has ended, and Summer is here!

It’s officially the first day of Summer and Lydia’s House had a very busy Spring season! In April, New City Church invited Lydia’s House and the Norwood community to their Easter Egg Extravaganza. Our current guests and aftercare guests were able to enjoy a mimosa and donuts while watching their little ones hunt for eggs. Thank you New City Church for always including us in your fun events! At the end of April, we celebrated the end of this year’s Atrium season and honored volunteers, while also saying thank you to Laura Menze Green for her many years of service

What Lydia’s House Means to Me 

by Macey McAtee I have been a full time volunteer at Lydia’s House through Mercy Volunteer Corps since August 2021. Through my time and experiences, I have been able to truly frame what this organization means to me. This place? This place is a safe space, both physically and intangibly. Lydia’s House is not only a space, it is people. It is a community. It is consistent support rooted in love and community. We open our doors and arms to women and children that have been through experiences that no person should ever have to endure. We take time and