House of Mercy
8170 Flannery Ct.
Manassas VA 20109
Member Name: Jessica Root
When and why did you decide to join this organization?
I have been with House of Mercy as Executive Director for a little over two years now. I have always had a heart for working with those in need in a service capacity. House of Mercy drew me in with the great team (staff, volunteers, board) and that in the heart of this mission to mercy.
How does your business serve the local community?
House of Mercy is providing food, clothing, education and prayer for those in need through the good works of the food pantry, donation center and thrift store. Not only can people in need come for food and clothing assistance, but community members can support the mission by shopping in the thrift store, donating in many ways or volunteering their time. There is something for everyone.
Please share one of the greatest moments you’ve experienced in your current profession.
My greatest moments are always experience the change in someone else’s life whether it being a volunteer who gets more out of helping that they are giving, or a client who doesn’t need services more or a staff that I’ve been mentoring who moves up or moves on to something better as they grow.
Tell us about your experience with the HGBA. How has it supported you in your local business?
HGBA was one of the first networking groups I joined and it has been so good to meet other members throughout the past two years. I enjoy the meetings, the venues, and just how welcoming they are. I have brought other members in and now I sit on the board. We have hosted meetings at House of Mercy and began some great partnerships through HGBA.
What are the top three business tips and tricks can you offer other professionals?
Always have a growth & learning mindset, build relationships (don’t just look at the bottom line), and be kind – you never know what someone is going through no matter what you see on the outside.
Are you from this area? If not, what brought you here and what do you like about our town?
I’m not from this area, I moved here 2.5 years ago for this job. I really enjoy the area in general, the great restaurant options, the wineries and just the great community.
What is your favorite season in this area, and why?
The fall is always my favorite season because of the weather and the great holidays!
What are some hobbies you enjoy?
I enjoy hiking and camping, swimming, tennis, volunteering, and just hanging out with great friends (at winery’s).
What is your favorite restaurant?
There are many great ones to chose from around here but I have to give a shout out to Zandra’s. They have a great spin on some traditional tacos and I just love Mexican food!
What is your favorite local high school sports team?
N/A I don’t have kids and don’t know any local sports teams.
Are you involved with any nonprofits? If so, which one(s) and why?
Other than working at House of Mercy, I am also on the HGBA Board, Catholic Business Network Board, Lifegiving Wounds Board and am very involved in my parish, All Saints Catholic Church.
What was your first job, or your most interesting job prior to your current profession?
I have always been in the nonprofit sector in different roles and I have enjoyed each one of them in different ways from being a missionary, working at a shelter for homeless pregnant women, Executive Director at a soup kitchen and house of hospitality, working at a catholic school and parish, the National Shrine Grotto and now here at House of Mercy. Each one has given me different ways to grow and serve God.