Mercy Home for Boys & Girls has served kids in crisis in Chicago since 1887. Their mission is to save young lives by: promoting a safe, nurturing residential treatment home; AfterCare support for former residents and their families; community-based and site-based youth mentoring; promoting therapeutic, educational, vocational, spiritual and life skill development; and raising public awareness of youth in need.
Mercy Home has a Residential Care Program at the Hay Boys Campus in the West Loop. There is also a campus on the south side, the Walsh Girls Campus in Beverly, where we welcome at-risk youth from neighborhoods across Chicago. Mercy Home also provides mentoring for youth who may not need the level of care provided in a residential setting. And, while they have a dedicated core of volunteers who devote themselves as mentors, they need more!

Here’s how the program works:
Friends First is a one-on-one mentoring program for youth ages 9-17 in the Chicago area. Our mentors give of their time (8-10 hours per month) and take our young people to places like ball games, museums, parks and more. Many of these young people may never have ventured outside of their own neighborhood prior to their involvement with Friends First.

Friends First screens and trains adult volunteers who wish to mentor a child. We provide ongoing support, supervision, and encouragement to matches. Our match support staff helps to foster significant and life-changing friendships.

To learn more, or to refer a youth to Friends First for mentoring, please call Katie Gunter, Mercy Home's Matching Coordinator, at (312) 738-6368.

In addition, they have regular opportunities for individuals to join Mercy Home on staff. Please visit for the latest job postings.

Pilsen Clinic Open House Free HealthDo you have a health question you need answered? Would you like to check your glucose level, or do know someone who wants to check if they’re diabetic? Come meet the doctors and staff at the UI Health Pilsen Family Health Center Lower West. We provide diabetes care, classes, and a support group to help you manage your diabetes. You also can stop by and make an appointment for a school physical, check out our services, and see our new offices. Light breakfast and refreshments will be provided. We care for the entire family, from grandparents to grandchildren. Our doctors and staff look forward to meeting you.

For more information, please call 312-413-4179 or email clinic director Rita Smaw at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Date: Friday, July 28
Time: 9–11 am
Location: 1713 S. Ashland Ave.

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RSVPs are not required for the event, but they are encouraged. You can RSVP by clicking here.

Health providers from Cook County Health & Hospitals System will be on site to provide blood pressure screenings, diabetes screenings and HIV tests.

The Illinois Secretary of State's Mobile DMV will be at the event. 

Services provided at the Mobile DMV:
  • Renewal/correction of driver's license
  • New/renewal/correction of state ID
  • License plate stickers
  • Motor voter registration with renewal of driver's license/ID
  • Organ donor registration with renewal of driver's license/ID
  • Seniors age 65+ (no charge for state ID)
  • Seniors age 75+ need to visit a permanent DMV to renew driver's licenses
The links below contain important information about obtaining a driver's license or state ID from the mobile DMV unit.

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District Office
1016 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60607 
(312) 888-9191
(312) 277-3716 FAX

Springfield Office
121A Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706