September 13, 2018

Nonprofits My Sisters' Place, Mercy Housing merge

Mercy Housing and Shelter Corp. offices at 211 Wethersfield Ave. in Hartford.

Two Hartford nonprofits devoted to sheltering and serving homeless and needy people and families in the Greater Hartford region have merged to form Community Housing Advocates (CHA) Inc.

My Sisters' Place Inc. and Mercy Housing and Shelter Corp. announced Thursday their "proactive step'' in combining through the rest of this year two fiscally healthy organizations into a single, stronger one.

Mercy Housing Executive Director Judith Gough is now CHA's CEO. Kathleen Shaw, formerly vice president of program and operations for My Sisters' Place, is CHA's chief operating officer.

CHA's corporate office is at 221 Main St. downtown.

"We have a longstanding history of successful collaborations and by combining operations," Gough said, "we saw a strategic opportunity to serve more people with our programs and services, while increasing access and improving outcomes for our clients."

Despite the merger, which was effective as of July 17, CHA said individual facilities, programs and services will continue to be operated as affiliates under the current and respective names of My Sisters' Place and Mercy Housing and Shelter, officials said. Both organizations will also maintain their own separate tax identities and 501(c)(3) status.

My Sisters' Place and Mercy Housing and Shelter say they annually serve more than 6,000 homeless individuals and families in Greater Hartford and Middlesex County.

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