The Story of HOME
The House Of Mercy & Encouragement Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to faithfully providing mental health and educational services to children and their families that encourage caring, compassion, and a sense of well being in a welcoming and comfortable environment.
HISTORY: The seed of the House of Mercy and Encouragement began with the providence of God on June 24, 2005 when our son, Timothy Mortimer and his cousin, Michael Celidonio, our Godson, were tragically killed in a car accident. Being a mental health counselor, and seeing my own son consumed by depression during his adolescent and young adult years, God put upon my heart to do something in remembrance of the boys to help others. I have worked for over 30 years with children with disabilities and mental health problems and my sister, Michael’s Mom, has dedicated over 20 years of her professional life teaching severe emotionally disturbed children. It only seemed natural to do something to help other parents to cope with their children who exhibit emotional, educational and mental health problems by offering a variety of support through counseling, family therapy, play therapy, tutoring, behavior management, and social skills programs that will help children to function at their optimal level. So the birth of a wellness center for children evolved called the House Of Mercy and Encouragement. The acronym HOME is fitting as we want to welcome all who seek help by providing comfortable, nurturing environment.
Dolores Mortimer, HOME Director
Licensed Mental Health Counselor – Lic. #5480
Registered Play Therapist/Supervisor
National Certified Counselor
SCOPE OF SERVICES:
HOME provides play therapy, family counseling, marriage counseling, behavior management, mental health workshops and assessments, referral networking to parents, educational support and tutoring. We serve children 2 years old through adolescence. The majority of children we serve are preschoolers through the early high school years.
HOME provides services for children with the following identified conditions: Attention Deficit Disorder, General Anxiety Disorder, Adjustment Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Clinical Depression, Reactive Attachment Disorder, Bipolar Mood Disorder as well as children who are grieving the loss of a loved one through death or divorce.