Homeless organization going to be homeless?

FLEMING ISLAND, Fla. -- For a decade, one Clay County organization has been keeping families off the streets. However, in a turn of events, the Mercy Support Services on Fleming Island is facing a harsh reality -- they might be the ones without a home, come March.

Mercy Services CEO and President R. Patrick Hayle said the organization doesn't have the budget to rent the space they need to run properly. Right now, the organization is working out of an office donated by Orange Park Medical Center. However, that lease expires on March 31.

"We started looking in July of last year because we knew we were coming to the end of the year and would have to move out," said Hayle.

Hayle and volunteers are looking for an office space in the Fleming Island or Orange Park area, with a minimum of 2,500-2,700 square feet. Or, they are looking for a donor who is willing to subsidize the rent for them. Hayle said if they don't get a donation, the money they use to help more than 1,600 people on the First Coast will be diverted to rent.

Mercy Support Services is a nonprofit organization dedicated to guiding homeless and uninsured residents of the First Coast. They are currently running two supportive homes for five displaced families to stay, at no cost. The organization relies on donations and grants to support those in need.

You can mail donations to 1540 Business Center Drive, Suite C, Fleming Island, Florida 32203.

If you have land available, call Hayle at (904) 297-4061.

For more information: http://www.themercynetwork.org/


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