History and Sisters of Mercy Sponsorship

In 1991, Hester Tribble, a social worker and graduate of the former Sacred Heart College, approached the Sisters of Mercy regarding her dream to serve the homeless. The Sisters of Mercy agreed to help her by forming an active board and allowing the use of an empty building on the grounds of the former college. When Ms. Tribble was unable to continue, the Sisters of Mercy adopted the ministry, which opened in November, 1992. They named it Catherine’s House in honor of their foundress, Catherine McAuley of Dublin, Ireland.

Throughout our 28 years of existence, women have moved on from Catherine’s House with the ability to be self-sufficient. We strive for women to leave our program with employment, a safe place to live, financial literacy and a savings account, and most importantly, the knowledge and confidence that they can support themselves and their families. This goal is at the center of our mission, which we will continue to execute through our core transitional housing program.

Catherine’s House serves women and children from a multi-county area in North and South Carolina, with the majority of residents from Mecklenburg and Gaston Counties. Catherine’s House serves 75-100 women and children annually, and has served over 2,300 women and children since 1992.