How to Support a Legacy of Caring

What does it mean to leave a legacy? In its strictest definition, “legacy” can refer to anything handed down from the past or to gifts that are left in a will.

While the concept can remind us of death, the truth is that leaving a legacy is one of the best ways you can continue to contribute to the future lives of others.

Since 1872, Mercy Retirement and Care Center has provided compassionate care for residents. To continue the important work of enhancing the spiritual, emotional and physical well-being of seniors, we rely on the generosity of donors.

What Needs Must Be Met?

Mercy Retirement and Care Center has specific and ongoing needs that must be met in order to continue our work. These needs include:

  • Charitable funding to provide assistance to long-term residents in a state of financial need.
  • The Staff Appreciation Fund, which provides a way to express gratitude to our caring staff members. We use the fund to give year-end gifts to team members, who do not receive gratuities throughout the year.
  • The Unrestricted Fund, a source of support for our areas of greatest need.

How Can You Leave Your Legacy?

Over the years, many supporters of Mercy have remembered our community through bequests left in wills or with other types of legacy gifts. Through the foresight of these benevolent patrons, Mercy remains a strong community that can continue to support those in need.

You can help by creating a life income gift or another type of legacy gift to support the ongoing work of Mercy Retirement and Care Center. If you choose to support us, we will recognize your generosity with an invitation to join the Sister Mary Baptist Russell Legacy Society.

In addition, we provide recognition of supporters through invitations to special events and in our publications. We also are happy to protect your anonymity if you prefer.

Gifts can be given as memorials or to honor loved ones on special occasions such as anniversaries, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. To find out more about leaving your legacy by supporting the important work of Mercy Retirement and Care Center, please contact Andrew Bowles at 510-534-8540, extension 322, or

For help or more information contact us or schedule a visit at a location today.