The House of Mercy provides long-term shelter for about sixty residents. In addition, others in the community can come by the House of Mercy and get clothing and furniture for no charge. Toys are provided for the community at Christmas and a computer lab is available for job searching.
The House of Mercy began in 1977 in a storefront on Broadway under the guidance of Ocie Harris , "Mother Harris" to many. Mother Harris was known for saying, "Ain't God good?" In the 1980s the House of Mercy moved to its current location. In 1994 Mother Harris' daughter, Theola Barrow, took over as director until her retirement in 2006. At that time, Elder Bobby Harris, Ocie's son, took over as director until his untimely passing in 2014. Prior to his service as director he was the assistant director and chairman of the board. Bobby Harris Jr., is now the executive director of The House of Mercy.
To house, feed and clothe the homeless both physically and spiritually by providing necessities of Life by way of the Word of God, in the name of Jesus Christ. To promote better relations between people of all races and cultures; to aid the sick, the disadvantaged, the homeless, the aged and all in need of spiritual or bodily nourishment; to actively promote, propagate and teach self help.
In Loving Memory Of:
We announce with profound sorrow the passing of the Director of the House of Mercy, Mrs. Johanne Harris.
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