The mission of Mercy House is to provide food, clothing, and shelter to households with dependent children who are experiencing homelessness in the Harrisonburg, Virginia, area in a safe community, while providing services that overcome the barriers leading to homelessness.
Mercy House, in partnership with GiveSolar, is pursuing solar energy to support our family homeless shelter, located at 243 N. High Street in downtown Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Families experiencing homelessness in the Harrisonburg/Rockingham County area can stay at Mercy House for ninety days, while our housing counselors help them address the challenges that led to their housing instability. We then help families obtain and sustain permanent housing through the Rapid Rehousing Program.
Mercy House will install a 14.58kW solar system on our main shelter building. Over 25 years, this system will save Mercy House over $60,000. In addition to solar energy reducing the carbon footprint of our operations, the savings from this project will lower our overhead cost and enhance our ability to achieve our core mission of ensuring every child in our community has a place to call home.
The following community organizations have already contributed their financial or in-kind support to this project:
- Harrisonburg Unitarian Universalists
- Community Mennonite Church Green Congregation Committee
- Park View Mennonite Church Climate Justice Initiative
- Rotary Club of Rockingham County
- Voluntary Gas Tax
Can you pitch in to help make this project a success?
We are seeking additional community crowdfunding support from individuals, businesses, faith communities and civic organizations to raise the additional funds that are needed to fully fund this project. If we exceed our goal of raising $15,000, excess funds will be used to support the Mercy House Playground project.
Prefer to send a check? Make checks payable to “Mercy House”. Please include “Solar project” in the memo line of the check. Send to:
P.O. Box 1478
Harrisonburg, VA 22803
Thank you for your support!