Since August, Mercy Circle, 3659 W. 99th St., the area’s newest continuing care retirement community, has welcomed almost a dozen new residents including nine laypeople, seeking the company of older adults who share their beliefs, lifestyles and interests. Mercy Circle, opened in 2013 by the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest, previously admitted only members of religious orders and those affiliated with them, as well as priests and ministers. That admission restriction has been lifted.
“We quickly learned many people, especially our neighbors in the 19th Ward and in Evergreen Park, were interested in being part of our community,” said Frances Lachowicz, executive director of Mercy Circle. “Our first residents have been members of religious orders and priests, who have devoted their lives to the service of others. They were enthusiastic about becoming an inclusive community.”
According to Lachowicz, as laypeople move into Mercy Circle, Sisters of Mercy and new residents are discovering all sorts of relationships and reunions. For instance, one new resident was reunited with the Sister who taught her daughter at St. Catherine of Genoa parish school in Roseland. “Everyone is enjoying these kinds of reunions,” Lachowicz said.
Mercy Circle may be the only faith-based community in the southwest Chicago area, but the attraction for incoming residents goes beyond that attribute. The not-for-profit has a no-entrance-fee policy along with a five-star CMS rating.
Marge Everett, senior living advisor, lists other important items for prospective residents: “Visitors tell me they appreciate our spacious apartments and our comfortable, beautifully-designed building with gardens and landscapes. Of course, our high-quality healthcare services are of primary importance.”
As part of the Beverly/Morgan Park and Mt. Greenwood area, location is another plus. “When I first got here, I ran into two people I had not seen since grade school,” said Sister Alice Feehan, who grew up in the area and was principal for Little Flower parish school for years and then development officer at Mother McAuley High School. “We picked up right where we left off. Laypeople fit right in because everybody who enters Mercy Circle becomes friends.”
Welcoming older adults from all walks of life, Mercy Circle offers residences at all levels of care, along with thoughtful amenities, life enrichment programs and social and friendship opportunities. The senior living community provides a variety of dining options. In addition to engaging activities, sharing interests and services are designed specifically for each setting. For more information or to schedule a private appointment, call 773-253-3600.