Services & Programs

Circles of Mercy is open 10am – 2pm M-F, Tues only 10am – 3pm (other times available by appointment only)
There is no charge for our services.

Through our partnerships with other agencies and organizations, we are pleased to offer the following services:

  • Free tax preparation assistance (VITA) for low income tax payers [by appointment only]
  • Financial Literacy Training
  • Basic computer skills training
  • Assistance with resume preparation and job searching
  • Human service resource referrals
  • Client advocacy and support
  • Catherine’s Closet Thrift Shop, including: Cate’s Kids and Baby Blessings Closet
  • Clothing Grants to Qualified Clients and Families
  • Layettes and baby supplies
  • Diaper and baby wipe grants
  • Back to school supplies
  • Christmas Adopt-a-Family
  • Children’s Easter Basket Program
  • Women’s mentoring and support
  • Bus Passes for Medical and DSS Appointments
Back to School Program

Back to School Program

Circles of Mercy annually provides back packs and assorted school supplies for the students at the Rensselaer City Schools.  The program is coordinate by administrative assistant Candice Brady.  Circles volunteer Sharon Carloni (right) poses with Mr. Joe Kardash, Superintendent of Schools (center) and also volunteer Sherry Miller (left), both were on hand to help pass-out the supplies to client families

Bicycle Delivery

Bicycle Delivery

Our friends at County Waste (our trash vendor) delivered 60 bicycles that their employees had assembled and donated them to Circles of Mercy for needy children here in Rensselaer. We shared those bikes with our neighboring agency partners; the Southern Rensselaer Boys & Girls Club and also CoNSERNS-U. Thank you County Waste & Recycling for your kindness and support!