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Long Term Service Opportunity - Heart of Mercy in Action

Goal of Program

Misericordia offers a long-term service opportunity to young people from across the country that will allow them to share their lives with our children and adults in a community setting. Our goal is that the lives of both volunteer and resident will be enriched by the experience. As one participant said: Such is the privilege of the program, to be so immersed in life here as to be transformed by it, and to go forth from Misericordia upholding the value and dignity of the lives of the vulnerable, wherever and whoever they may be.

Type of Placement

Misericordia is home to more than 600 children and adults with mild to profound developmental disabilities, from diverse religious, racial, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.  We believe that each person- with or without developmental disabilities - has the right to be a productive member of the community each day. Volunteers live in community in the Driskill Residence and work with adult residents, assisting them with the daily functioning of the home, with particular emphasis on supporting activities of daily living (personal care needs, meal prep, etc) and community involvement of the residents. Programs focus on elements of life that are integral to personal happiness and well-being. These include employment, education, residential placements, health and wellness activities, therapy and social/recreational outings. The lives of both volunteers and residents are enriched by the experience as our residents thrive in an environment of dignity, challenge, beauty and respect.

Area of Service:  Chicago, Illinois

Length of Service:  One Year - renewable.

Program Size:  An average of ten volunteers per year.


Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and have a Bachelors Degree from an accredited college or university. Applicant should have no dependents and possess a willingness to reside in community and work with our residents. Applicants should be able to commit one year of service. Physical examination, police background check and drug screening, DMV driving record are required. Interview and references also required. Applicants are considered for positions applied for without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, or any other basis prohibited by Federal or State law.

Financial Arrangements

A stipend of $250 per month and room & board are provided along with a transportation stipend which is available for travel home following completion of program.  Volunteers are eligible to apply for medical insurance, loan forbearance and AmeriCorps Education Award. 




 Living Arrangements

Volunteers live in a spacious, vintage Chicago style 3-flat close to the campus.  The building includes bedrooms, baths, common space, kitchen, laundry, storage space, a chapel, etc.  The volunteers are also provided a vehicle to use in common. 


Volunteers will receive month long training to include CPR, first aid, abuse/neglect, resident rights, nutrition, communication, etc. Training is very comprehensive - no prior experience working with persons with developmental disabilities is required for placement.


The Long-Term Service Volunteer Handbook is available for you to read which explains the program in much further detail.  To view a PDF of the handbook in its entirety, click here.


Applications accepted at all times. Please call or email for more information.

Online Application

To fill out a long term volunteer application online, click here.

To view a PDF version of the application for printing purposes, click

Contact Information

Misericordia Home
Attn: Sharon Keane
6300 N. Ridge Ave.
Chicago, IL 60660
p: 773-273-3045
f: 773-273-4292
Misericordia Long Term Service