Around Our Home Podcast

Around Our Home Podcast

Welcome to Around Our Home Podcast, a show about the impact Mercy Home for Boys & Girls has on kids and families in need in the Chicago community. Each episode you’ll hear informative interviews, as well as supportive tips and strategies that you can use in your daily life to become a happier, healthier version of yourself.

Episodes

April 22, 2021 22 min

In episode nine, Christine Nikolich interviews Emily Neal, Mercy Home's Vice President of Organizational Development, and Dana Firmin-Murray, a therapist at Mercy Home. Both Emily and Dana have spent years working with young people, helping them heal from trauma they've experienced while growing up. For Child Abuse Prevention Month, I sat down with them to discuss the signs a child may be experiencing if they’ve been abused...

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Our guests today are Joe Wronka, Vice President of our Advancement Department and Mark Schmeltzer, Director of Communications. In this episode Joe and Mark discuss the importance of our March for Kids campaign, how it impacts our kids and families and other ways you can support Mercy Home for Boys & Girls throughout the year. 

To learn more about the impact members of campaigns like March for Kids have on our kids, please vis...

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In episode seven, Christine Nikolich interviews Marc Velasquez, Mercy Home's Milieu Support Specialist who specializes in spiritual development. Marc helps our kids encounter spirituality, something he views as connection--to other people, to the world, and what makes you want to a better person.  In his role, he facilitates spiritual retreats for our kids and orchestrates events that help them connect to their own culture and ...

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In episode six, Christine Nikolich interviews Phil and Beth; two members of Mercy Home's philanthropy department and Flo; one of our amazing donors. Our philanthropy department works to raise money for Mercy Home by building relationships with donors and encouraging them to deepen their support of our Home. We receive all kinds of gifts, including cash, donor advised fund grants, charitable gift annuities, wills/living trusts, ...

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My guest today is Damien Douglas, a maintenance engineer at our West Loop Campus and a member of our facilities department. The coworkers in facilities have countless responsibilities that keep our campus clean and safe, but the most important aspect of their job most recently is maintaining cleanliness at Mercy Home during the pandemic. To learn more about the impact members of our facilities department make on our kids, please vi...

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My guests today are three of Mercy Home's therapists. Our therapists work with our kids to help them heal from trauma and other difficulties through psychotherapy and other interventions that support healthy regulation. Their role is key to helping our young men and women maintain good mental health, especially in the times of uncertainty we are experiencing right now. To learn more about the impact our therapists make on our k...

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Our guests today are three coworkers who have been instrumental in our emergency task force initiative. Our Director of Planning & Evaluation Patrick Needham, our Manager of Community Partnerships & Marketing Juan Medina, and Mario Tamayo, the Manager of Youth Program Operations. When COVID-19 hit, Mercy Home acted immediately and made sure we were taking the correct steps to provide basic necessities for our kids and famil...

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Our guest today is Sarah Juarez, the nurse at Mercy Home for Boys & Girls. Sarah manages our kids’ entire medication system and works with Mercy Home’s contract psychiatrist, acting as an advocate for our kids. She also provides health education and trainings, as well as works with our youth if they have acute injuries or illnesses. In this episode, Sarah talks about ways to stay healthy during a pandemic and gives us an inside...

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April 30, 2020 14 min

Our guest today is Alban Fisher, the Clinical Director at Mercy Home for Boys & Girls. Alban works with both our young people and coworkers, acting as a mentor to our clinicians and supporting their professional development. In this episode, Alban gives advice on how to talk to kids who are dealing with doubt and anxiety during this time, ways to cope with the crisis, stress management during the stay-at-home order, and gives a...

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