International

Video highlights Mercy's collaborative investment

May 20, 2022

CWIT_Sharon House 

Women religious have a long history of investing in community organizations, with the Sisters of Mercy’s first community investment dating back to the 1970s. In 2020, the Sisters of Mercy, through the Mercy Partnership Fund community investing program, partnered with the Religious Communities Impact Fund to help the Center for Women in Transition (CWIT) in St. Louis, Missouri, expand its supportive housing program to include Sharon House, a long-term residence for up to 24 women leaving the criminal justice system. The home, formerly the Dominican Novitiate, is named for founder Sharon Schmitz, RSM, who was honored in May as part of CWIT’s 25th anniversary event. Recently, the Ormond Center at Duke Divinity School created a video showing the impact of this collaborative investment and the important role that women religious have played in the field of socially responsible investing.