Our goal is simple:
to end homelessness

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About Mercy House

In 1988, Father Jerome T. Karcher met a young man who was living on the streets in an abandoned garage. He felt so moved by the young man's situation that he sought out a response to the local concern of homelessness. This was when he began Mercy House.

Now, thirty years later, we provide services to 1,500 at-risk and homeless individuals and families annually throughout seven counties in California and Arizona. What started as a dream to serve one of the most vulnerable populations in Orange County has now served over 100,000 homeless individuals.

Mercy House provides dignified housing and comprehensive supportive services to a wide variety of homeless subpopulations including, but not limited to, adult men and women, families, mothers and their children, veterans, chronically homeless individuals, persons living with HIV/AIDS, individuals overcoming substance addictions, and those who are both physically and/or mentally disabled.

We strive to assist our residents in the areas of economic, emotional, and spiritual well-being to enhance self-esteem as well as a sense of pride. We value accountability, integrity, and self-sufficiency. Mercy House is grounded in the belief that every person is born with inherent dignity and that homelessness is an affront to that dignity.

Our Goal is Simple: To end the cycle of homelessness of those who enter our system of care.

Our History

Our Team

Our Board of Directors

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Father Jerome T. Karcher, Founder and Board Chair • Raymond M. Bukaty, Vice Chair • William E. Baker, Jr., Assistant Secretary • Gary R. Belz • Jordan Bennett • Mia Bergman • James Brooks • David Brust • Johnny Bryant • Mladen Buntich • Tim Clyde • Daryl A. Cole, CFP • Thomas J. Conway • Jeremy Elkins • Phillip R. Kaplan • Marianne Koshar • Richard Lopez, Esq. • Richard K. Masterson • Linda Nguyen • Christie Pettus • Jim Righeimer • Lisa Rumbaugh

Kern County Regional Advisory Council

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David Brust, Regional Chair • Kristen Beall Watson • Cassie Brittle • Mike Bowers • Lillian Brust •  Laura Cattani • Talia Culbertson • Yasmine Culbertson • Andrae Gonzales • Joe Hay • Ken Keller • Jacqui Kitchen • Alondra Lule • Marilyn Maldanado • Ron Vietti

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