No one to call me home Author:rev. james j. close "Mercy Home is a Chicago tradition of offering hope and promise to children whose lives are ripped apart by hurt and neglect. Father Jim writes about the true "street stories," of innocence sadly lost to abuse and abandonment no child deserves. I was encouraged to read about Father Jim's life-saving work and strongly support this modern day mira... more »cle in Chicago." --Mayor Richard M. Daley, City of Chicago
"The humanity packed into this little book manages to expose the crisis in American family life in a way bigger, more learned tomes cannot. The lessons Father Close and his staff have learned at their Home are lessons we as a society should take to heart, because they offer a realistic note of hope and healing." --Bill Mullen, Chicago Tribune
Reverend James J. Close has been providing food, clothing, shelter and a caring environment to homeless kids for over 20 years. As Superintendent of Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, he has been a "father" to thousands of troubled boys and girls who were abandoned and abused.
In No One To Call Me Home, Rev. Close reveals the happy and sad truths he has discovered in his work with America's "new orphans."
One of six children, Rev. Close grew up in Chicago. He was ordained in 1963 and served for ten years as a parish priest. He has been helping kids at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls since 1973, and is a Board Member and past President of the National Catholic Development Council.
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