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New York BBB Wise Giving Report for
Mercy Haven

A BBB Accredited charity


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Mercy Haven
859 Connetquot Avenue
Suite 10
Islip Terrace, NY 11752
Year, State Incorporated:
1985, New York
New Strides, Inc.
Stated Purpose:
" Acknowledges the dignity and potential of people who are homeless, living with mental illness or living in poverty by providing housing, advocacy, education and life skills development. We envision communities where diversity and inclusion are valued and individuals reach their full potential. We are committed to be a place where experience and creative solutions come together to open the door of possibility for those most in need. "

Evaluation Conclusions

Mercy Haven meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.


Provides housing and support programs that include free legal advocacy, education, employment skills training, a sophisticated property management department, staff on call 24/7 and community outreach to residents with most needs in both Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Mercy Haven's legal advocacy program responds to the civil legal emergencies of Mercy Haven residents. It also works for systemic change to protect those who are homeless, living with mental illness, or living in poverty. Mercy Enrichment provides opportunities for education, respite, rejuvenation and reflection. A variety of programs are offered for residents, staff and the community at-large at our beautiful house in Brentwood, which expresses the agency's core goal to bring a community together to experience and practice compassion.


Chief Executive Officer:
Sr. Patricia Griffith, LMSW, D.Min. , Executive Director
Chair of the Board:
Ms. Dorothy Overton
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:
Vice President / Empire National Bank
Board Size:
Paid Staff Size:

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.

Fund Raising

Method(s) Used:

Direct mail appeals, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements (newspapers, magazines, etc.), grant proposals, internet
Fund raising costs were 3.1% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $3,941,542, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)

Tax Status

This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.


The following information is based on Mercy Haven's Audited Financial Statements - Consolidated for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012.

Source of Funds  

Government contracts and grants


Residence fees


Resident services, net


Capital grants


Other income




Other grants


Fundraising income, net


Unrealized gain on investments


Interest and dividend income


Realized gain on investments


Total Income


Program Expenses  

Program services

Total Program Expenses:
Fund Raising Expenses
Administrative Expenses

Total expenses

Expenses in Excess of Income




Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 89%  Fund Raising: 2%  Administrative 10% 
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Beginning net assets $2,210,416
Ending net assets 2,082,290
Total liabilities 7,257,278

Total assets



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