Focused and Inspired – The Mercy Center Gift Shop
If you’ve visited our gift shop recently, you may have noticed some changes. While we’ve always carried a variety of cards and gift items (some created by local artists, including our own Sr. Corlita Bonnarens, RSM), we’ve recently sharpened our focus!
In support of the Critical Concerns of the Sisters of Mercy: Earth, Immigration, Nonviolence, Racism and Women, we have entered into wholesale partnerships with several organizations that offer ethically produced merchandise crafted by immigrants, refugees, the poor and survivors of varying forms of violence who are working to create better lives for themselves and their families through social enterprise.
We are proud to be partnering with:
Bright Endeavors: Beautiful votive soy candles crafted by young moms rising out of homelessness and poverty.|
FORAI – Friends of Refugees and Immigrants: Artisan handicrafts (yoga mat bags, jewelry travel bags, and tea wallets) made by refugee and immigrant women living in the St. Louis area.
Gotta Have HOPE, Inc. (Healthcare, Opportunity, Potential, Education): Nayune Jewelry fashioned from recycled paper and Bukedo Baskets – all made by artisans working to escape poverty within Uganda, East Africa.
Prosperity Candle: Unique soy blend wax candles hand-poured by women artisans and refugees creating a brighter future through economic independence.
RefuSHE: Beautiful hand-dyed scarves created by refugees in East Africa enabling young women to achieve economic and social independence while continuing to recover from violence and the deep emotional and physical scars they carry.
Thistle Farms: Handmade products for home and body crafted by women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction.
These items make lovely gifts and your purchase supports the mission of Mercy Conference and Retreat Center as well as the individual missions of our wholesale partners.
The gift shop at Mercy Conference and Retreat Centers offers a variety of unique gifts to enjoy and share, including: icons, books, wooden Mercy crosses, journals, notecards cards from local and regional Sisters and artists, plaques, cups, jewelry, lotions, candles, and print and ceramic art by Sister Corlita Bonnarens, RSM
The gift shop is open whenever a Mercy Center Receptionist is on duty.