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Principal® Foundation awards Mercy Foundation $100,000 grant for House of Mercy

DES MOINES, Iowa­ – Mercy Foundation has been awarded a $100,000 Financial Security Major Gift grant from Principal Foundation for House of Mercy. The grant will be used to enhance and expand self-sufficiency and financial stability programming provided at House of Mercy.

House of Mercy is part of Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines, a nonprofit Catholic health care provider serving Greater Des Moines with exceptional care for thousands annually. House of Mercy offers substance-related/addictive disorders treatment and mental health programs to individuals and families in need of these critical services and supports.

Principal Foundation grant funds will be used to support House of Mercy in:

  • Building partnerships with employers to increase training and employment opportunities for clients.
  • Incorporating new and evidence-based assessments and technology training tools.
  • Extending self-sufficiency counseling to the growing number of substance abuse and mental health outpatient clients.

“We are pleased to award this grant to House of Mercy. The organization’s commitment to growing the self-sufficiency and financial stability of its clients is commendable. We are excited to see how our gift helps guide House of Mercy in the future,” said Mandi McReynolds, Director, Community Relations and Principal Foundation.

“This generous grant from Principal Foundation will help us expand vital self-sufficiency services to the hundreds of clients we serve each year, including helping to improve their job readiness skills, increase their employment opportunities, and increase their financial knowledge and behaviors.” said House of Mercy Director Rebecca Peterson.

“We greatly appreciate the generosity of Principal Foundation,” said Mercy Foundation President Shannon Cofield. “Mercy and Principal Foundation have a long history together making our community stronger and healthier, and we are excited to continue that relationship through this very important gift.”




About Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines

Mercy operates four not-for-profit, Catholic hospital campuses, with a total of 875 beds, along with more than 20 additional facilities that house more than 60 primary care, pediatric, internal medicine and specialty clinics. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1893, Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines is the longest continually operating hospital in Des Moines and is also one of the largest employers in the state – with more than 7,000 employees and a medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians and allied health associates.  Mercy Medical Center–Des Moines is a member of Mercy Health Network and is a part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national nonprofit health organization with headquarters in Englewood, Colo.  The faith-based system operates in 18 states and includes 101 hospitals and multiple other facilities and services.

About House of Mercy
House of Mercy is dedicated to making the community a healthier place. This commitment includes providing vital housing, health, wellness, and human services to those for whom access to care/services is difficult. Towards this end, House of Mercy offers substance-related/addictive disorders treatment and mental health programs to individuals and families in need of these critical services and supports. The primary goal is to exceed client expectations while helping them to create a healthy lifestyle and sense of personal self-worth and well-being. 

About Mercy Foundation
Mercy Foundation secures vital funding that ensures equal access, clinical excellence and high-quality care for all in Greater Des Moines. Learn more at

About Principal® Foundation
Principal Foundation is focused on helping people learn more, earn more, and save more. By partnering with community organizations and social enterprises where its employees live and work, the Foundation helps people around the world live their best lives.

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