Our Journey began in the mid 1980’s with a divinely inspired vision shared by members of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Center, under the direction of Fr. Michael Barry. Challenged by the example and teachings of Jesus, we began to reach out and serve the poor in our local communities, working in local parks with supplies of food and money to cover utility bills. From these early outreach efforts, we opened up a soup kitchen at Our Lady of Fatima Church in San Bernardino. Soon, the Lutheran Church of Our Savior added their hands and hearts; and then, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church followed with a larger kitchen and dinning facility at their location. By 1990, Mary’s Table had expanded to five days a week and was serving over 5,000 hot meals each month. It has become a haven, a place of rest, fellowship and renewal for the homeless. In 1996, Mary’s table added free medical screenings, a clothes closet, an emergency food bag program and other services.
In 1992, we purchased our present building on Roberds Ave. and became incorporated as a non-profit public benefit corporation. In 1993, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word provided a substantial grant for the purchase of an old covent that would be transformed into Veronicas Home Of Mercy. Veronicas Home of Mercy I was opened in 1995. In 2009, a larger, new Veronicas Home of Mercy II opened its doors with support from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and the City of San Bernardino. In 2022, Veronica’s Home of Mercy was renamed Mary’s Haven.
In 2020, with a large grant gifted by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, we officially opened Marys Village. Designed to serve homeless and unhoused men, Marys Village is a 30,000 square foot home that provides transitional housing, onsite case management and supportive services to help men break the cycle of substance abuse and homelessness.
Today, Marys Mercy Center is one of the largest homeless service providers in the Inland Empire. We are proud to partner with private and public agencies to restore dignity and purpose to the homeless, the poor and the marginalized. Homelessness and poverty are complicated issues and the solutions are as varied as the individuals we serve. Together, we are making a difference in the lives of many.