MEP's 25th Anniversary Pewabic Tile Campaign

Mercy Education Project commemorates 25th Anniversary with limited edition Pewabic tiles, celebrating the opening of the first House of Mercy in Dublin – 190 years ago.

Mercy Education Project is pleased to commemorate our 25th Anniversary with timeless Pewabic art, designed exclusively for MEP. To celebrate 25 years of opening doorways to brighter futures for girls and women in Detroit through education, limited edition Pewabic tiles will be offered as gifts to donors to our 25th Anniversary Campaign at the $1,000 and $5,000 levels — an heirloom-quality memento.


MEP’s 25th Anniversary Pewabic tile design is inspired by the original Doorway to the Future opened by Catherine McAuley in Dublin, Ireland in 1827. The 4”x 6” tile features the essence of the first House of Mercy, a place to shelter and educate women and children, from which all Mercy ministries grew. September 24, 2017 marks 190 years since that door was opened.

The essence of Catherine’s door reminds us of our roots, and honors Catherine’s legacy and the work of MEP and all of our supporters as we continue to open Doorway’s to the Future for Women and Girls through education.

 Pictured above: Art by portrait artist Marie Henderson, RSM.



Designed by Pewabic in-house designers, Dave McGee and Genevieve Sylvia in collaboration with MEP and handcrafted by Pewabic artisans, this unique design speaks to those dedicated to the many causes that blossomed all over the world to serve the poor, the sick and the uneducated. Watch this exclusive behind the scenes video of the Pewabic production studio and watch as artisans handcraft each tile for MEP.

Pewabic is a National Historic Landmark pottery located in Detroit’s Jefferson Corridor. Since 1903, Pewabic artisans have handcrafted ceramic art beginning with raw, earthen materials and a clay mixer dating to the early 1900’s. Their process is timeless, and every handcrafted object created by Pewabic artisans continues to enrich Detroit’s heritage.



With your gift of $1,000 or $5,000 you are helping to ensure the future for thousands of women and girls in Detroit by supporting their academic success.  Each tile  is back stamped with MEP 25th Anniversary logo and Pewabic brand, packaged in a Pewabic box with special tile messaging and limited edition number.  Each donor will also be listed on our 25th Anniversary DonorWall.


For more information download our flyer or contact Director of Development and Marketing, Susan Bresler, at [email protected] or (313) 963-5881.

 Pictured above: MEP Board Member Toni Green receives her limited edition 25th Anniversary Pewabic Tile.




Media inquiries, please contact:

1450 Howard Street

Detroit, MI 48216
Phone:  (313) 963-5881
Fax:  (313) 963-0209
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Here are some recent comments from community members, volunteers, students and others who are commenting on Mercy Education Project.


"Education is an opportunity and can be transformational for our most vulnerable communities; especially those, like us, working tirelessly in search of the American Dream. Programs like Mercy Education Project have successfully removed those barriers for many and have educated our women and girls and is transforming their lives."

JoAnn Chávez, Vice President Legal & Chief Tax Officer
DTE Energy, August 2017


"….Literacy is a fundamental right and an essential building block for a productive life. Increasing adult literacy also ensures more parents can be engaged in their children’s education, ,making this a cause  critical to helping families break the cycle of poverty. Thank you to Mercy Education Project for their tireless efforts to ensure everyone has an opportunity to learn to read. Together, I know we are making a difference.”

Warren C. Evans, Wayne County Executive
Wayne County, December 2016