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Fr. L. Scott Donahue

About the Blogger

Fr. L. Scott Donahue is President and CEO of the Mercy Home for Boys & Girls.

Blog posts by Fr. L. Scott Donahue

  • Monday, October 08, 2012

    Safe Passage

    When Mercy Home opened its doors to young men 125 years ago, my predecessors understood that a roof, a bed, and three square meals a day were not enough to foster the successful transition from youth into adulthood. They also wrote about the very real challenges—and dangers—that so many young people were facing at the time in Chicago's streets. What is remarkable about these writings is not how much has changed over these past 125 years, but how much remains the same.


  • Monday, June 13, 2011

    Mercy Home for Boys and Girls: “A City Within a City”

    It’s refreshing to hear good news about teenagers—and today, I’m proud to be the bearer of it. As our boys and girls look forward to the summer months, we at Mercy Home for Boys & Girls celebrate a momentous occasion—the graduation of 44 of our children from Chicago area elementary schools, high schools and colleges.


  • Monday, May 17, 2010

    Sharing Solutions: the Crisis of Youth Violence

    My coworkers and I at Mercy Home for Boys & Girls  like to say that we provide a solution for kids in crisis. We do. I see it every day as my coworkers draw upon every ounce of compassion and creativity within them to help troubled children change.