Misericordia Welcomes Rep. Winger

Representative Christine Winger recently visited Misericordia, a not-for-profit corporation that provides a community of care to maximize the potential of the developmentally disabled or physically challenged. During her visit, Rep. Winger toured the 31 acre Chicago campus, met with staff and residents, and saw first-hand the vast residential options available to residents and the variety of programs that serve them.

“This organization does so much good, and is so unique in the magnitude of services it provides to the developmentally disabled,” said Winger. “It’s comforting to know that Misericordia is such a strong pillar in our community and contributes so much to those who need it the most.”

Under the direction of Sister Rosemary Connelly, Misericordia offers a continuum of care to meet the diverse needs of each individual and allows residents to live as independently and in the highest level of community integration possible. Currently, Misericordia serves more than 600 children and adults from diverse racial, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds.

Rep. Winger was a co-sponsor of HB6304, which would create the Continuum of Care Services for the Developmentally Disabled Act. The bill was an initiative of Misericordia, and several constituents in Rep. Winger’s 45th District strongly encouraged her support of the measure, which would allow organizations like Misericordia to provide the proper continuation of care for the developmentally disabled.

After sponsoring the bill, Winger was interested to visit Misericordia to see the community, meet with residents, and witness the support given to residents.

“It was inspiring to see the organization’s work, and the impact this community has in helping make the lives of the developmentally disabled meaningful and purposeful. Walking through the campus, I felt the strong sense of community present throughout each facility. This organization truly contributes so much to help so many from children to adults, and there is no other like it in our state.”

The Mission of Misericordia is to support individuals with developmental disabilities in maximizing their level of independence and self-determination within an environment that fosters spirituality, dignity, respect and enhancement of quality of life. To learn more about the organization, visit their website here.