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Dear Friends: Doing this challenging work in a very difficult environment seems to be the new norm for us at MercyFirst. As you read this 2018 Annual Report, you will see that while our mission has remained the same for 124 years, the programs and services we provide continue to evolve to meet present day issues facing our children and families. This requires that we continually revisit what we do and how we do it, so we can remain relevant and effective for those who need our services. The good news is that over the past few years the number of children entering foster care or coming through Family Court has been decreasing. More families remain together, and many at-risk children avoid the trauma of being placed in foster care because supportive services are provided to families in their home. MercyFirst is proud to be providing these services and helping families this way through our Family Support Programs. However, the needs of children and families who still require our services are more serious and challenging than ever before. To meet this need, we decided 10 years ago to adopt Sanctuary, a trauma-informed approach, as our overarching way to how we would operate as an organization. It was a good decision that continues to reap dividends for those we serve. Since then, we have incorporated evidence-based methods such as SPARCS and Solution-based Casework to strengthen our services and most recently we began to implement the ARC (Attachment, Regulation, Competency) Model as our approach to providing residential services. ARC complements and strengthens our trauma-informed approach in many ways. However, we are doing all this while funding for our provision of health and mental health services is going through some dramatic changes. We are currently planning for how best to make sure that these services remain strong and available to the degree necessary. Unfortunately, with anything new like this, there are more questions than answers about how these changes will be implemented. As the fiscal year was ending, we were still adjusting to the changing need for the services we provide. In April, we combined two group homes – one for males and one for females – into a co-ed group home. The other group home was converted to work with Unaccompanied Minors, in START With Hope, a program we have been providing since 2013 through federal grants where the need continues to increase. We were also working to have our Community Residence in Merrick for younger children go co-ed which happened in early 2019. Last summer, we also began planning to implement a new initiative called Raise the Age to work with 16-year-old youth placed with us through Family Court. We are pleased that MercyFirst is one of 13 agencies in New York State selected to open this important new program to provide comprehensive treatment to youth rather than unnecessary incarceration. Renovations were done to a cottage on our Syosset campus, so we would be ready to accept our first youth in this new program at the end of 2018. Taken together, these changes presented some fiscal challenges that we had to work very hard at to address. Fortunately, as the fiscal year came to an end and the dust cleared we ended the year slightly in the black! With all that occurred it was a great way to end the year, due in large part to the support of you, our friends! 2019 will be our 125th year of providing services to children and families in need on Long Island and in NYC. Few organizations or businesses can enjoy celebrating their 125th anniversary. In a world where the average life cycle of a new business is 12-15 years, reaching this point in time in our history is quite remarkable. We are responsible to maintain a mission given to us by the Sisters of Mercy. Our responsibility is to strengthen what we do and staying relevant to meeting the needs of today. It is what all of us at MercyFirst – Board and staff – work together every day to achieve. It is no easy feat, but it is one we feel honored to have as our goal. Taken together, all this reflects the significant accomplishments we make at MercyFirst to improve the quality of the services we provide to children and families in New York City and Long Island. Thanks to your generous support hope is unstoppable! Sincerely,

Paul Travers Board Chair

Gerard McCaffery President/CEO

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supporting children and families... at 15 sites across New York City and Long Island.



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1. Esperanza House START With Hope Brentwood, NY

6. Virginia Residence Youth Reception Center Brooklyn, NY

11. St. Albans Residence Mother/Baby St. Albans, NY

2. Brentwood Group Home START With Hope Brentwood, NY

7. Sunset Park Family Foster Care 241 37th Street Brooklyn, NY 11232

12. Merrick House Community Residence Merrick, NY

3. Deer Park Residence Mother/Baby Deer Park, NY 4. St. Mary’s Campus Administrative Offices & Residential Programs 525 Convent Road Syosset, NY 11791 5. McAuley Residence Mother/Baby Brooklyn, NY

8. The Gerard C. Durr Center Preventive Services 333 Avenue X Brooklyn, NY 11223 9. Rockaway Park Family Foster Care 230 Beach 102 Street Rockaway Park, NY 11694 10. Manning Residence Mother/Baby So. Ozone Park, NY

13. East Massapequa Group Home East Massapequa, NY 14. Baywood Group Home START With Hope Bay Shore, NY 15. Brightwaters Group Home Brightwaters, NY

2018 Financial Report

Year Ended June 30, 2018

Support and Revenues Operating Revenues


Support and Non-Operating Revenues Grants




Special Events (net of direct expenses)




Total Support and Non-Operating Revenues


Total Support and Revenues


Expenses Program


Management and General




Total Expenses


Change in Net Assets


Net Assets, Beginning of Year


Net Assets, End of Year


3.2% Family Support Programs

$1,524,599 14.1%


Foster Care and Adoption Services


Immigrant Youth Program Services


14.7% Community-based Group Homes




Residential Campus Programs




Management and General

Medical and Mental Health Services $5,750,561





Our Impact Family Support Programs We work with families in Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island to support and strengthen their remaining together in the community, and their children not going into foster care. To do this we provided Preventive Services and Care Management Services to a total of

1581 children and

their family.

Community and Campus- Based Residential Treatment Programs MercyFirst provided a wide array of treatment and support services to 323 children and adolescents in our residential group home and campus-based programs. Education, pastoral care and recreation were provided on our campus and in the community.

Family Foster Care

Foster families provided loving, nurturing, temporary homes for 515 children who were unable to reside with their biological family because of serious allegations of abuse and neglect. 70 new families were formed through adoption.

START With Hope

Responding to tremendous humanitarian need on our southern border, MercyFirst provided safe shelter and care to

286 children from Central America who were fleeing

violence, drugs and chaos to be reunited with their family in our country.

THANK YOU. We couldn’t do it without you. $100,000 and above Sisters of Mercy Mid Atlantic

RTS Family Foundation

$25,000 and above Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption Elaine Kahl Irrev. Trust Estate of Antoinette LaRocca Mr. & Mrs. John Galante

Anne & Scott Gildea Gildea & Ivanis, LLP Onex Credit Partners, LLC Ridgewood Savings Bank

Mr. & Mrs. Kevin J. Shine Mr. & Mrs. Paul Travers

Bank of America - Merrill Lynch Catherine M. Walsh Foundation Mr. Benji Cheung & Ms. Susan Lee Credit Suisse Mr. & Mrs. Stephen P. Davy Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation

Frank J. Antun Foundation Goldman, Sachs & Co. Latham & Watkins Mr. & Mrs. Patrick F. McCarthy Mr. & Ms. Arthur Rizzi SHI

The Angel Guardian Guild The Susan and Leonard Feinstein Foundation UBS Investment USI - Northeast Mr. & Mrs. Michael Venuti Victoria Loconsolo Foundation Inc.

$10,000 and above

$5,000 and above Arthur J. Gallagher ChemRx Cintra Software and Services, Inc. Crowe LLP Ms. Eileen Crumlish Dell/EMC Deutsche Bank Flatlands Lions Club Flushing Savings Bank, FSB

Mrs. Patricia Gallagher Mr. & Mrs. Brian Hecker Hewlett Packard Enterprise Mr. & Mrs. William K. Lavin Mr. Kenneth F. Male & Mrs. Erica Obert-Male Ms. Mia Marais Maspeth Federal Savings & Loan Association Mr. Gerard McCaffery & Ms. Margo Magid Milbank, Tweed, Hadley, McCloy LLP

Natixis North America LLC Onx Enterprise Solutions Petro Home Service Schroder Investment Management NA Shadow Financial Systems, Inc. TD Charitable Foundation Warren & Warren, P.C.

$1,000 and above Mr. Joshua Abram Mr. Zulfiqar Ahmed Mr. Gary Alexander Mr. John B. Allen & Mr. Andrew Caruso Allied World Insurance Company Anonymous Asset Inventories Mr. Lawrence Axiak Barclays Ms. Besa Bauta BDO Mr. Jordan Brock Ms. June M. Browne CA Technologies Center for Veterinary Care, PC Mr. Jack E. Christie, Jr. Cliffco Mortgage Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Clifford Mr. Richard Cogan Ms. Wynne Comer Commscope Mr. John R. Connors Mrs. Barbara Conolly Crowe Horwath Foundation Mr. William Dalessandro Mr. Philip Danze Dr. & Mrs. Raphael David Mr. Sean Davy Dell, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Alfonso L. DeMatteis Mr. Kevin J Driscoll Mr. Bijan Eghdami Extreme Networks Mr. Peter Falcone

Farmingdale Rotary Club Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Mike P. Fay Mr. & Mrs. John F. Fletcher Mr. Joseph Friedman FSC Foundation Ms. Kristin Gamble Mr. & Mrs. Michael Gelblat Mr. Sanjay Ghandikota Mr. Rory Gildea & Ms. Melissa Lombreglia Mr. Norbert Goldfield Mr. & Mrs. Steven Gutman Mr. Dale Hagstrom & Ms. Eileen Leonard Head Injury Association Hitachi Data Systems Corporation Mr. & Mrs. James A. Hoenig Mr. Brian Holland Mr. Brian Horton Mr. Mitchel Isetta Ms. Milena Ivanis Dr. Andrew Jacono JP Morgan Chase Mr. Steven Kaplan Mr. & Mrs. Charles Levine Mr. Jarrett Lilien Mr. & Mrs. Yves Maco Mr. & Mrs. David Marcus Mrs. Valerie McGarry Ms. Jacqueline M. McKelvey Mr. & Mrs. Marc O. Mckenzie Mrs. Maryellen McNamara Modern Communications Mr. Paul Montclare Ms. Socorro Morales NetApp

Mr. & Mrs. David Newman North Shore Synagogue Mr. Raymond O’Kane Dr. & Mrs. Gary & Renee Oshinsky Sister Frances J. Picone, RSM Pine Hollow Charity Fund, Inc. Mr. Roger E. Podesta Ms. Marilyn Price Print Cottage LLC Michael & Gannon Schaefer Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Scheffer Ms. Arlene Scozzari Mr. Vivek Shah Ms. Melanie Shugart Ms. Judith Smith Strom Home Remodeling Ms. Mary H. Taylor Mr. & Mrs. Michael Theogene Mr. Henry C. Thode, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Harold Thomas Utility Workers Union AFL-CIO, Local 1-2 Valley Veritas Technologies W.B. Mason Co., Inc. Mr. Craig Walker Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Walline Mrs. Dawn Weill Wharton B. Allen Agency, Inc. Whitsons Culinary Group Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Widlitz World Wide Technology, Inc. Mr. Jerry Zaks

$500 and above Al & Peggy Dematteis Family Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Monte Almer AppDynamics Mr. & Mrs. Louis Bisso Ms. Elizabeth Bodisch Mr. Joseph P. Castellano, Jr. Catholic Teachers Association of The Diocese of Brooklyn,Inc Mr. & Mrs. John Chanda Concrete Industry Promotional Fund Mr. Jonathan Crell Cristina Azario Creative Services, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Ronald DiPietro Mr. Christopher Dowhan Ms. Julia A. Ferraro Mr. Frank Fiorito Sister Sean Foley, RSM Mr. & Mrs. Paul Franciotti Mr. Robert Franz Mr. & Mrs. Chris J. Gallagher Geheira Ltd. Mr. & Mrs. David B. Gelinne Mr. & Mrs. Mitchell Geller Dr. W. David Harmon Mr. Anthony Heyman Mrs. Pai Hwa Hong Indigo Murphys Ms. Maria Ivanis

Mr. Robert E. Kearney, III Mr. & Mrs. Karl Kellner Mr. & Mrs. Joseph LaBato Mr. Stephen Lappert Mr. & Mrs. Kevin B. Leblang Mr. & Mrs. David Leeds Long Island Trauma Recovery Network Ms. Gail Marcus Mr. Paul Marhan Ms. Judith McCarthy Mr. & Mrs. Joseph McDermott Mr. & Mrs. Daniel McGann Mr. & Mrs. Joseph D. Meares Mercy Home for Children Michael Muroff Architect LLC New York Insulation Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Michael & Randi Newman Mr. & Mrs. Paul Noble Mr. & Mrs. Peter Nolan Mr. & Mrs. Paul Nute OSF Global Services, Inc. Ms. Barbara Peng Mr. Charles Pontillo Mr. Jay Rabinowitz Mr. & Mrs. John D. Rafferty Ms. Eschrat Rahimi-Laridjani Ms. Heather Randall Mr. & Mrs. Steven Schreiber

Mr. & Mrs. Bob Schulze SecureCom Ms. Val Shapiro Mr. Anthony Shikany Ms. Patricia Siebecker Mr. Sanjay Singla Sisters of Charity Ms. Kerri Sneden Ms. Maria Sneden Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Snow Mr. Edward H. Sonn Mr. John Spears Mr. & Mrs. Henry G. Stewart Mr. & Mrs. John Taliercio Tec Systems, Inc. The Shubert Organization, Inc. The Women’s Association Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church Mr. Matthew Tuck Ms. Barbara Wadzuk Mr. Jonathan M. Wainwright Mr. & Mrs. Brian Werner Mr. & Mrs. Harold Wheeler Dr. & Mrs. Peter Winkelstein Mr. & Mrs. Brendan Wood Ms. Elaine Zhao Mr. & Mrs. John B. Zurell

$250 and above Mr. & Mrs. Nathan Abegg Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Abell Mr. & Mrs. Scott Arnel Mr. Eric Bakkensen Mr. John Barlow Ms. Angela Barricelle Mr. David Bernstein Ms. Pauline Blake Ms. Geraldine Brennan Casella Construction Corporation Mr. & Mrs. John Chen Mr. Steve Clark Mr. & Mrs. James M. Costiglio Mr. & Mrs. Anthony G. Croghan Sister Catherine Crumlish, RSM Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Cuff Mr. & Mrs. John A. Cutrone Dr. Robert W. Daly Mr. Malcolm DeMayo Sister Margaret Dempsey, RSM Mr. & Mrs. Alfred Devendorf Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Diaz Dr. Richard P. Dina Mr. & Mrs. Robert Donohue Sister Linda Esposito, RSM Ms. Mary Ann Faas Mr. & Mrs. Francis P. Frary Mr. George J. Freitag Mr. Elliot Ganz Mr. Thomas Garry Mr. & Mrs. Michael R. Goonan Gramman Plumbing Mr. & Mrs. Rori Grant Mr. & Mrs. Sidney Greenspan Mr. & Mrs. John A. Hardiman Rev. Msgr. Robert M. Harris

Mr. Wilson Henley Dr. & Mrs. Ady Hershcovitch Mrs. Marion Holmgaard Mrs. Kecia Howson Mr. Jay Huffard Rabbi Cassi Kail Mr. Daniel Kaufman Ms. Anne Knight Mr. & Mrs. Frederick Koehler Mr. Ed Koller Koller Search Partners Ms. Laura Last Ms. Elmon LaToude Mr. & Mrs. Rudolph M. Lohse Mr. Michael Long Mr. & Mrs. Michael Lurie Marcum Foundation, Inc. Ms. Anna Marotta Mr. & Mrs. William J. Marra Mrs. Erica Mattar Mr. Matt Mayer Ms. Elizabeth McCarthy Mr. Steve Monas Mr. Thomas Mullarkey Ms. Kathleen Muskopf Notre Dame Club of Long Island, Inc. Mr. David O’Brien Mr. Stephen O’Connor Ms. Ann OLeary Mr. Oscar Ortiz Mr. Stephen Pandolfi Frank J. Pannizzo, Esq. Mr. & Mrs. Charles S. Rollo Ms. Kelley Ryan Mr. Timothy Ryan Mr. Peter Sallerson

Ms. Pamela Seymon Ms. Eileen J. Shaughnessy Mr. Philip J. Smith Mr. Joe Spina Mr. Stephen J. Stafford Ms. Jane Steinberg Mr. John R. Stippell Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Stubbe Mr. & Mrs. John Tedesco The Boys LLC Ms. Tamara Toro Mr. Andrew Travers Mr. Joseph Vandura Mrs. Inez F. Viola Ms. Patricia M. Walsh Rabbi Jay Weinstein Mr. Gregg Weiss Ms. Zoe Werner Wildboar Pictures, LLC Mr. & Mrs. John Wlaysewski Mr. Scott E. Zoellner Under $250 An additional 536 gifts were received.



The names listed have supported our work through financial contributions between July 1, 2017 - December 31, 2018. We sincerely hope that this list is complete, but if we have inadvertently omitted your name, please bring it to our attention. We are grateful for every one of our supporters!

Board of Trustees Chair Paul Travers Vice Chairs Stephen Davy Rhonda L. Maco Treasurer Brian J. Hecker Secretary Marc McKenzie President and Chief Executive Officer Gerard McCaffery

Sr. Sheila Browne, RSM Sr. Catherine Crumlish, RSM Sr. Ivette V. Diaz, RSM John Galante Scott Gildea William K. Lavin Susan Lee Ken Male Patrick McCarthy Kevin Shine Leonard Stekol Harold Thomas Sr. Sheila Tynan, RSM Elizabeth K. Venuti Sr. Patricia Wolf, RSM

Our Mission is to inspire hope and promote healing for children and families by providing quality human services and educational opportunities while advocating for social change.

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