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About Divine Mercy Eucharistic Society (DMES)
The Divine Mercy Eucharistic Society ("DMES" or "Society") is a community of Divine Mercy devotees dedicated to promoting the comforting and powerful message of Divine Mercy revealed by Our Lord Jesus to St. Faustina through annual conferences, retreats, and formation programs.
Adjacent to our El Cerrito office and center is our Divine Mercy Perpetual Adoration Chapel which is the source of our strength and inspiration. We assist in deepening peoples' spiritual lives by providing them with the adoration chapel 24 hours / 7 days a week to have a life-changing encounter with the risen Christ in the Blessed Sacrament and thus be more effective in their Christian witness.
Prayer without works is not complete. We opened Mary's House of Mercy, a home for single pregnant women in crisis, to provide the women their basic needs, an atmosphere of a family home, and help develop their skills to become a self-sufficient and nurturing parent.
We carry on all our inspired tasks through God's providence with faith, perseverance, love, and trust in God. The Divine Mercy message is simple, yet powerful -- "Jesus, I trust in you." Trust is the essence of the Divine Mercy message.
The Divine Mercy Eucharistic Society was founded in the Diocese of Oakland, California, in 1990. The society is a member of the World Apostolic Congress on mercy in Rome.
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MissionThe mission of Mary's House of Mercy is to provide homeless single women a stable and supportive, homelike environment where they can prepare for motherhood. In a caring environment, the residents of Mary's House of Mercy learn life skills including job training and parenting skills. We help them to gain access to needed resources which develop their skills to become a self-sufficient and nurturing parent. The services and resources offered by Mary's House of Mercy provide a small but dramatically effective means of combating the crisis of poverty, homelessness, and domestic violence, and especially its effects on the most helpless victims – infants and the unborn.
PurposeMary's House of Mercy has gone beyond providing the bare necessities. We have expanded our base of network providers to include counseling, food banks, public health, medical and government assistance, information about housing and employment, and training in resume writing, interview skills, and budgeting. Many of our residents are women facing challenges such as homelessness, domestic violence, dysfunctional family situations, minimal (or nonexistent) family support, and/or severe economic disadvantage, who have fled domestic violence. Regardless of religious affiliation, a pregnant woman who is determined to overcome such challenges (and who has no substance abuse problems) may apply for residence at Mary's House of Mercy during her pregnancy.
FacilityThe facility is a two-story, 3,600-square-foot building with two offices, a living room, dining room, kitchen, and an adoration chapel on the first floor. Upstairs, there are nine individual bedrooms with sinks, a large common bathroom for residents, and two additional bedrooms and a bathroom for staff. The basement contains a laundry room, tool room, and two multi-purpose rooms. The enclosed courtyard garden area, adjacent to the chapel, is landscaped with benches for quiet relaxation. It is also open to the public for everyday adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
Adoration of the Blessed SacramentThe adoration chapel is open to the public. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is open every Wednesday from 8 A.M.-8 P.M. and every Friday from 8 A.M.-2 P.M. There is first Friday Mass every month at 5 P.M.
Treasure Chest Rescale ShopWe have a newly opened St. Faustina Religious Store. It's a good place to shop for religious items, Divine Mercy and Marian books & gift items. Proceeds from the Treasure Chest contribute to the operating expenses of Mary's House of Mercy. Your donations and slightly used gift items are gratefully accepted.
Programs and Services
- Temporary shelter
- Aside from providing a halfway house so the women need not choose abortion, Mary's House helps its residents progress toward the goal of independent living
- Job training, resume writing, interviewing, and job search techniques are emphasized and facilitated
- Case Management
- Spiritual Enhancement
- Outreach to community based agencies and churches
- Information and referral for clients and referring agencies
- Volunteer opportunities for Divine Mercy members and non
Partnership with OrganizationMary's House of Mercy has formed business relationships with a network of professionals and volunteer programs directed toward the growth and development of the individual woman and her child. The following organizations can provide assistance:
- Medi-Cal, Medicare, Contra Costa Public Services and Access Program (health care coverage)
- Women, Infant and Children program (nutrition)
- CalWorks; Employment and Human Services Department; Richmond Rincon and Rubicon (job assistance)
- Contra Costa County Child Care Council
- Contra Costa College, East Bay Works, Regional Occupancy Program, and Contra Costa Adult School (education and training)
- Birthright (infant clothing, furniture, maternity clothes, pregnancy test)
- Contra Costa and Alameda Counties (housing information and referral service)
- Shelter Inc. and Families First (housing)
Admission Requirement for MHM residents
- Intake interview
- Pregnancy; TB, HIV, and related tests
- No evidence of drug/alcohol abuse or psychiatric/severe emotional problems
- Valid driver's license, medical card, or ability to obtain these documents
- Current resume or ability to write one
- Willingness to pursue an individual development plan, such as GED, college, career counseling, parenting classes, certification courses
- Ability to research and seek transitional housing
- Willingness to adhere to house rules and regulations
- A woman who is referred to this facility may be experiencing poverty, homelessness, family violence, a lack of prenatal care, or other circumstances that jeopardize her well-being and the future of her unborn child.
Duration Period of StayA qualified resident is allowed to stay at Mary's House of Mercy during the period of her pregnancy. After her baby is born, she may continue to live at Mary's House of Mercy for up to six months to have a chance to heal, embrace motherhood, further her education, or secure employment to live an independent and meaningful life.
Contact UsMary's House of Mercy
1850 Church Lane Tel: 510-236-0383
San Pablo, CA 94806 Fax: 510-236-0395
Direction to Mary's HouseFrom I-80 (both north and south), take the San Pablo Dam Road exit and head toward San Pablo Avenue.
Turn right onto San Pablo Avenue and head north.
Take the second left, turning left onto Church Lane.
Proceed 2-1/2 blocks. 1850 Church Lane is on the left side of the street, across from St. Paul Church.