About us

MercyFirst, a 501 (c) 3 organization, is one of New York’s leading not-for-profit human service agencies. With an annual budget of $46 million and a staff of over 500 employees, we serve more than 4,000 children and their families, without regard to race, religion, sexual orientation or physical condition, at locations in Brooklyn, Queens and throughout Long Island. MercyFirst’s programs are licensed by the New York State Office of Children and Families and the New York State Office of Mental Health and accredited by the national Council on Accreditation. Our agency has been certified by the Sanctuary Institute for successfully implementing a trauma-informed approach to the services we offer in all programs throughout the agency.

Founded as sister orphanages in 1894 by the Sisters of Mercy, St. Mary’s of the Angels Home in Syosset and Angel Guardian Home in Brooklyn, MercyFirst today offers an integrated continuum of care for children in need, from birth through adolescence, including children who have been abused and neglected; youth with serious emotional problems; teenagers and young adults who are without family; and families coping with the stress and pressures of poverty, domestic violence, mental illness, and substance abuse.

Last year at MercyFirst

1,608 children remained safely with their families because of the help they received from our Preventive Service Programs.
793 foster children were cared for by safe and loving foster families because of our Foster Care Program.
180 foster children were reunited with their families through our Adoption Program.
23 Teens in our Scholarship Fund Program received financial assistance
37 teen moms in our Mother-Child Program learned to take care of themselves and be better parents to their children.
377 youth received care in our specialized Residential Programs.

Highlights



After-School programs

The After-School programs provide middle and high school youth with a safe and supportive environment that encourages both academic achievement and self development during hours when youth are most likely to engage in at-risk behaviors.
Turtle Hook Application
Uniondale After-School Program
 

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The Arts

The Arts programs at MercyFirst provide youth with the opportunity to engage in creative expression as a way to increase emotional regulation; develop awareness of others; build self-confidence and problem solve. Campus murals, individual or group art sessions, yoga, and parent child experiences are part of this newly developing program.
 

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Scholarship Program

The Scholarship Fund Program provides motivated MercyFirst high school graduates with stipends to help them attend college or vocational training programs that will enable them to secure jobs and become self-supporting members of the community.