Mark Brady is on the Board of Regents at Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, a Catholic non-profit based in Chicago that offers care for at-risk youth and families outside of their home. Mercy Home provides safe residential treatment homes, support for former residents, youth mentoring, raises public awareness for youth in need, and more. Since its founding in 1887, Mercy Home has helped thousand of young people turn their lives around.
A recent Mercy Home success story is Sal, a teen who was butting heads and constantly arguing with his mom. His mom had heard about the program from a friend and knew it could help Sal find direction. Sal knew he needed help and after learning about Mercy Home from his mom, he knew it was the place for him.
After moving in, he was open to trying new things and embraced the possibilities that the home could offer. As he got to know other residents and hear their stories, Sal soon realized how lucky he was to have his mom and family since other kids had been through so much more. He quickly gained an appreciation for the Mercy Home staff who continuously pushed him to be his best. Sal’s advocate, Christina, saw his incredible potential and knew he could accomplish amazing things with his life if he put his mind to it.
Sal joined Mercy Home to find direction and figure out what it was he wanted to do with his life. Having previously spent a lot of time playing video games, he decided to channel this passion into a career in the IT space. When he first arrived at Mercy Home he began an internship in IT at the Chicago Transit Authority. IT quickly became his biggest passion and he then joined the Year Up program and received another internship at a veterinary specialist center.
Now, two years into Mercy Home, Sal is continuing to build his IT skill set and working at an information services company. At the company he handles tech support and assists customers in setting up automotive software. He is also working to repair and rebuild his relationship with his mother.