In 2015 Our Lady of Mercy unveiled a twenty-year Master Plan for their parish community of over 3,000 families. Guidance in Giving first collaborated with Our Lady of Mercy in the Fall of 2015 for a Feasibility Study to determine the most pressing needs of the Master Plan and the financial capabilities of the parish for a campaign.
Through a series of conversations, interviews, and parish surveys, the Feasibility Study allowed the parish to carefully decide on the components of the first phase of the Master Plan which included a new Early Childhood Center and Gym for Mercy students, new office space, and a repurposing of the existing offices to a Welcome Center providing a Bridal Suite, expanded coffee shop, a music rehearsal space, and expanded restroom facilities. This plan also added more parking and increased accessibility to accommodate the growing number of families in this vibrant section of Baton Rouge known as Mid-City. The 24-week campaign, resulted in over 6.8 million in pledges and counting!