History & Mission


House of Mercy is a sponsored AIDS ministry of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas South Central Community and the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.

House of Mercy, a family care home licensed by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, is able to serve a capacity of six residents in a home setting.  The House of Mercy opened on May 18, 1991 as a result of the concern of the Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina.  The Sisters had a desire to respond to the AIDS epidemic in Gaston and Mecklenburg counties, and other parts of North Carolina.

Historically, Sisters of Mercy, in the spirit of their foundress, Catherine McAuley, have endeavored to serve those in need and to be responsive to unmet needs in society.  So, in 1988, a formal decision was made by the governing body of the Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina to seek a way to become involved in ministering to people living with AIDS.  As the Sisters conducted a study to determine how best to use their limited resources to respond to the epidemic, it became clear that housing was the greatest need in the area; at that time, there were no housing options for persons living with HIV/AIDS.

The groundbreaking ceremony for construction of House of Mercy ocurred in 1990.

After planning, many obstacles and three years, the happy day arrived when the House of Mercy was able to open its doors and welcome the first residents.


The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas South Central Community, ever mindful of our name, MERCY, endeavor to respond to the needs of society in light of the concerns of our foundress Catherine McAuley.  We strive to give individual and corporate witness to the compassion and love of God to Persons Living with AIDS while embracing the value of sacredness of life, justice, human dignity, service and integrity,

Through our ministry of the HOUSE OF MERCY, Inc. we:

1.  give visible witness to God's merciful love, reverence, acceptance, and dignity to all Persons Living with HIV/AIDS;

2.  witness to a community of healing and reconciliation which enables Persons Living with AIDS to move from a sense of alienation to one of unity, from a sense of being judged to one of unconditional love and acceptance;

3.  respond to the physical, spiritual, social, emotional, and psychological needs of Persons Living with HIV/AIDS;

4.  acknowledge and foster respect for individual differences, ensuring that the people served are treated with justice, dignity, and compassion;

5.  create, through education, a more compassionate, just, and understanding society in relation to Persons Living with HIV/AIDS.

6.  collaborate with AIDS service agencies and other human service organizations in order to better meet the needs of Persons Living with AIDS.



Catherine McAuley was the
Foundress of the Sisters of Mercy


Did you know House of Mercy   in Belmont was named after the original House of Mercy in Dublin, Ireland founded by Sister of Mercy and foundress Catherine McAuley?

The original House of Mercy opened in 1827 to serve the poor - particularly women and their children. Today it is known as Mercy International Centre.

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Sister Mary Wright was the first President of House of Mercy.