Mercy’s Gate began 30 years ago as a food pantry called Northern Churches Care. Our mission was to join together to love our neighbors in Colorado Springs by helping with their physical, financial, emotional, and spiritual needs.
Over the years, we’ve seen the city’s boundaries change and the needs of our community grow. As a result of the increased need, we’ve grown, expanded our services and programs, and have spread out into three different locations.
Every week, through our member churches and faithful volunteers and staff, we provide much-needed food, clothing, help with utilities and rent, medical assistance . . . and most importantly, spiritual care and emotional support. The need is great.
Why Mercy’s Gate?
In ancient Jerusalem, the Mercy Gate was also called the Beautiful Gate, because it was considered the loveliest gate into the city. It was the place where those who had been wronged could come for justice, and where the people would come to pray for mercy. And according to Jewish tradition, it was the place where the divine presence of God entered the city, and would someday enter the city again to deliver the people out of their suffering.
As struggles in our own community increase, so do the needs of the people around us. More than ever, people in Colorado Springs are experiencing the desperation of unemployment, the heartache of marital conflict, the threat of homelessness, and the painful sting of humiliation. More than ever, they need to physically, financially, and spiritually encounter and experience the mercy of God, and more importantly, the God of Mercy!
Today, we’re known as Mercy’s Gate. Our goal is bringing people from crisis to hope. Today, as in the past, this can only be accomplished with the support of churches, organizations, businesses, and individuals who have a heart after God. People who have a heart of mercy.