On Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, the Mercy Housing and Shelter Corporation held its 24th Annual Homecoming: A Celebration of Hope and Home. At the event, the corporation honored University of Saint Joseph Assistant Dean of Student Affairs/Community Engagement Beth Fischer, RSM, ’76 with the Sister Patricia McKeon Compassion and Dignity Award in recognition of her support of Mercy Housing and Shelter’s mission, her dedication to helping those in need, and her work to end homelessness.
The award’s namesake, known in the community as Sister Pat, served as executive director of Hartford’s Mercy Housing and Shelter for 15 years. During her tenure, she was recognized for growing its budget, working diligently to end homelessness, and remaining a steadfast support for individual clients.
As the assistant director of Community Engagement, Sister Beth has also dedicated her career to helping the underserved populations in the greater Hartford area. She facilitates community service opportunities for students at a number of organizations in Hartford, including the Wellness Center on Church Street and its outreach programs.
“It is an honor to receive this award and to have USJ recognized for our commitment to our core value of compassionate service. My association with Mercy Housing & Shelter through the years is a blessing in my life and provides our students countless opportunities to put our mission into action,” said Sister Beth.
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