Mercy was founded in 1983 by Sister Mary Waters and Tee Kennedy. In response to a need for housing for runaway/homeless teen girls, Mercy's first shelter in Patchogue was donated by Ric Rose, and opened its doors in 1983 to serve girls 16-21. That house is called Mercy Center. Mercy Residence in Blue Point, and Mercy House in Sayville opened in 1987 and 1989 and are for Girls who are pregnant or have babies. All three houses serve as Suffolk County's only shelters specific to this population. Mercy provides comprehensive case management on each site, as well as counseling and independent living skills training so girls can move foward with skills to keep them out of the system, and on the right track. Girls enter Mercy voluntarily and can leave at any time. Length of stay can be as long as 18 months. School and employment are mandatory. At Mercy girls heal from trauma, work on goals and move from societies fringes into the main stream by staying in school, obtaining jobs and building a network of community resources to help them succeed and stay healthy. To support Mercy is to touch a life in your own community, and to save a life of our county's most vulnerable population; female adolescents and children.