May 18, 2016

We're really excited to let you know that Mercy Education Project is part of the Art Van Charity Challenge. It's a fundraising campaign launched by Art Van Furniture benefiting many wonderful organizations – including MEP!

It starts on May 18th at 12pm ET and a total of $300,000 will be given away to organizations featured in the Challenge. The organization that raises the most will receive a $100,000 grant. There are 2nd through 10th place winners as well. Mercy Education is shooting to win the $100,000 grand prize grant. 
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April 29, 2016

We were overwhelmed with the response to this year's Doorway to the Future Dinner & Auction that took place on April 14th at Ford Motor Company's Conference & Event Center in Dearborn.  The evening kicked-off with a lively fish-bowl auction, followed by a video introduction from MEP's innaugural All-Girls High School Robotics Team and later featured "Hope: A Window into Mercy Education Project," a film highlighting the journey of mother & daughter both receiving educational services at MEP.  Also of high emotional interest was the conferring of PHD (Positive attitude; Hard work; Dedication) awards to JoAnn...

April 29, 2016

Mercy Education Project's innaugral All-Girls High School Robotics Team, Mercy Midnight Storm, capped off an incredible first seaon by winning the State Rookie All Star Award at the FIRST Robotics State Competition in Grand Rapids April 16th and will be representing the state of Michigan April 27-30 at the world finals at the FIRST Championship Conference in St. Louis, Missouri.

Earlier in the year, the team also won the Rookie All-Star Award at their first competition in Southfield on March 5th, and the Rookie Inspiration Award as well as being District Finalists at the Center Line District Competition on March 19th...

April 29, 2016

Susan Bresler, Director of Development & Marketing

Susan came to MEP in late March 2016 with over 17 years of experience in nonprofit fund development and community outreach through her work with a large health system foundation as well as small and medium sized nonprofits. Prior to working in development, Susan had an accomplished career as a clinical social worker. Susan brings her joy of building relationships to her genuine passion for MEP's mission of improving the quality of lives of women and girls through education. She admired and supported the important...

March 14, 2016

Mercy Education Project is collecting items to create College Survival Kits for our high school seniors to be distributed at the Southwest Detroit College Access Network Commitment Day in May.  Collected items must be delivered to Mercy Education Project by Friday, April 22nd.  If you have any questions please contact Lauren Knill, Development Associate at [email protected] or (313) 963-5881. Download the collection flyer here.


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March 14, 2016

Through a partnership with Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation (DESC), a Michigan Works! agency, the Work Force One Mobile Unit, a 40-foot, self-contained resource room on wheels equipped with workstations, internet access, AV equipment and more, visited MEP on February 24th to enroll students in Michigan Works! services including onsite job recruitment, job fairs, and community events and trainings. While the Mobile Unit was visiting MEP, it provided our students with an introduction to the services are offered by DESC to help them as they...

March 14, 2016

Mercy Midnight Storm, Mercy Education Project's inaugural All-Girls Robotics Team, has distinguished itself as a hard-working, foucsed group of young women who are passionate about the world of robotics and are eager to share their enthusiasm with anyone with an interest. They have mentored and supported other new teams and are preparing once more for the upcoming FIRST Roboitcs competetion to begin in early 2018! 

Read more about MEP's team and the rise in female robotics teams in this article from the...

March 14, 2016

At the upcoming 10th Annual Doorway to the Future Dinner & Auction on Thursday, April 14th at the Ford Motor Company Conference & Event Center in Dearborn, Mercy Education Project will honor this year’s PHD Honorees, JoAnn Chávez and Elizabeth “Betty” Brooks.


JoAnn Chávez, Vice President and Chief Tax Officer, DTE Energy

JoAnn Chávez is vice president and chief tax officer for DTE Energy. Chávez has over 25 years of tax experience in the areas of tax accounting, controversy, risk management...

February 2, 2016

The second semester of the Women’s Educational Services Program began in late January with 59 returning and 11 new students.  One new dimension our women students will experience are monthly Lunch & Learns that bring supportive programs to MEP.  On January 25th, our students heard from a counselor at Michigan Rehabilitation Services who advised on the programs available to people with a broad spectrum of disabilities including chronic illness.

Another new dimension we are excited to incorporate is use of the GAIN test to measure student progress, rather than the TABE test we had used for several years....

January 29, 2016

How would you like to win your friends’ and colleagues’ undying gratitude? 

Table Captaining is a wonderful new way to steward potential friends, partners, donors and volunteers to Mercy Education Project’s vital mission of supporting at-risk girls and low-income women seeking better futures.  MEP’s 10th Annual Doorway to the Future Dinner & Auction will take place on Thursday, April 14th at the Ford Motor Company Conference & Event Center in Greenfield Village, Dearborn.  Anyone who has attended past dinners knows that this event brings...



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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