Mercy Ministries of America, Inc.

Rating: 4.22 stars   36 reviews

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Location: P O Box 111060 Nashville TN 37222 USA

Mission: We exist to provide opportunities for young women to experience God''s unconditional love, forgiveness, and life-transforming power. Many of the young women who enter our program are dealing with a combination of debilitating circumstances and have been to other treatment facilities with unsuccessful long-term results. The issues facing young women today are universal and not defined by nationality, religion, ethnicity, or cultural boundaries. Our program has been designed to address the human spirit, and it is meant to reach across all demographics to restore broken lives. At Mercy Ministries of America, we teach young women to address the root issue of the problems rather than rely on behavior modification, and we equip young women with the tools they need to take hope into the world.
Geographic areas served: Nashville, Tennessee; Monroe, Louisiana; St. Louis, Missouri; Lincoln, California
Programs: We serve young women aged 13-28 from all over the country struggling with life-controlling issues such as eating disorders, self-harm, abuse and neglect, drug and alcohol abuse, depression, and unplanned pregnancy. We have three U.S. homes located in Monroe, LA (20-bed facility), Nashville, TN (40-bed facility), and St. Louis, MO (30-bed facility). Our fourth domestic home is under construction in Lincoln, CA (40-bed facility). Each home follows the guiding principles of unconditional love, accountability, and excellence. We provide the following program services: 1) Residential Care: At no cost to her, each girl enters Mercy Ministries of America with a six-month timeline and receives Biblically-based counseling, individualized nutrition and fitness education, life-skills training, and aftercare planning. 2) Education Services: Through Mercy Ministries of America Institute, we provide curriculum-based education services for minors and GED preparation/training for eligible residents. 3) Pregnancy Services: We provide a Basic Decision Making Program which encourages residents to make educated, prayerful decisions about parenting or placing their child for adoption. We are also licensed in TN and LA as a child-placing agency. We provide extensive parental, adoption, and grief counseling for residents in need of these services. 4) Transitional Care: In 2007, we implemented a pilot transitional care program in our Nashville home to provide emotional, spiritual, physical, and educational support as our graduates transition to independent living. We are evaluating this program, and developing a model to be replicated in all of our homes. Approximately 75% of the young women who enter our program graduate ready to act as a productive citizen in her community. Our graduates can be found on the mission field, in corporate jobs, in college, and at home raising families.
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1 person found this review helpful

Mercy Ministries is a ministry that saves lives. I was 16 when I choose to go there. I was in a place of despair and had nowhere else to turn. I was told that I wouldn't be normal anymore. The doctors I had been going to had given up on me and sent to psych ward after psysch ward. Money was running tight because of all the medical bills and then one day my parents mental health insurance ran out. I had heard of Mercy but never felt like I needed it. I was diagnosed Bi-Polar, extreme bi-polar. I was behind in High School because of all my mental institution stays and was on 16 different medications when I went to Mercy. I attempted suicide at least once a month and never actually succeeded. Mercy saved me. I went to Mercy without any money because my parents spent their savings on mental wards. That didn't matter to Mercy, they bring in girls free of charge due to the donations they receieve. I was given a new life. I was at Mercy for a year and when I left I was a new person. I was a new person in Christ. I was on only my ADHD medication. Mercy showed me a love of Christ that I had never seen before. They took me for who I was and who I still am today. What the doctors said about me not being able to lead a normal life I have proved wrong. I was told by one of my psychologists that first diagnosed me bipolar that a miracle must of happened, because they didn't see any signs of bi-polar inside me. I know who created that miracle, and Mercy showed me the love of Christ. Christ is the one miracle maker who healed me from all my depression, my suicidal thoughts, and my diagnosis of bi-polar. Mercy Ministries was the one place that didn't label me, they showed that I was a new creation in Christ. I was told I could never lead a normal life. 12 years after leaving Mercy, I am not on any mediciations, I was in the military for 8 years and ranked up, I have a beautiful daughter, and am now a full time student getting my nursing degree with all A's and B's. Mercy took me in free of charge and I left there with more hope than ever before. Mercy Ministries is the most amazing ministry, who truely does what they say they are going to do. This would be on my number one list for non-profit organizations. I now do whatever I can do to raise money so that other girls like me can also get a life-changing experience.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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I was a 15 year old girl on over 20 different antiphyschotic medications. I went from dr to dr with the diagnosis of bi-polar. Then it changed to PMDD. Then it was we have no idea whats wrong with her. I became a ward of the state and was told to go to a home. I chose Mercy Minsitries because I just got done touring it, and was amazed at how much the girls loved it. They were so happy. I wanted to be that happy. I grew up in a Christain home, but did not always get it. I came to Mercy broken, misunderstood, and alone. I came home from Mercy whole, understood, and with a whole new family. I grew up in the year that I was there and learned that when no one else is around. There is a God who is there at all times. Since being there I went over to Iraq and got injured. I learned that I had a brain tumor (after which the doctors say probably caused the problems I had as a teenager (who knew)) I have been through 3 brain surgeries and 3 months of serious radiation treatments. I still have the tumor there, but it has shrunk considerably. I will probably always have a brain tumor, yet at the same time. I was strong because of my faith. I had my strong faith because of Mercy. I was optimistic because of Mercy. I fought because I had Jesus Christ on my side. I live by Ephesisans 6:10 "Be Strong in the Lord and in the POWER of his Might." Mercy Ministries not only gave me the faith, but the family that still surrounds me today. After 10 years of leaving Mercy, I still keep in touch with many of the girls. Without Mercy Ministries (which helped me get off ALL medication and showed me that I COULD be normal and live a normal life even after dr's told me no) I would probably still be going from Dr to Dr and feeling lost and alone. Mercy Minsitries saved my life!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I was a Mercy Girl. My life was forever changed forever.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2000-2-01

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I was only 17 and was already in adolocent mental institutions for suicide attempts, cutting, an eating disorder, and substance abuse. My home life was awful. I was physically abused by a member of my family constantly. I felt like I had no hope left in me, no drive to keep living. I just wanted to end it all. I would do anything at all to mask the pain, to cover it up. Whether It was cutting to try to relieve the pain I felt inside. Or using alcohol and drugs to mask it. I learned about Mercy from my church. I had applied and was at the Nashville home within a few months. I believe with all of my heart I would not be here today if it wasnt for Mercy and God. All of the other places I had been only medicated me or tryed to teach me new coping skills. Mercy went way beyond that. They showed me the Love and mercy of God. The staff were absolutely amazing. They were very educated and knew what they were doing. Every single day, they went beyond their job title, by showing us the love and grace of God. They were the most loving people I have ever been around. At Mercy, It wasnt an Institution, or a hospital. It was a Home. An inviting, modern, and comfortable home. My time at Mercy was the most amazing 6 months of my life. I was able to develop a true relationship with Christ and surrender all of me to him. I learned I am perfect exactly the way I am. I Graduated from Mercy Ministries in October of 2008, a completely new and free woman. My past no longer defines who I am, Christ does. If you are trying to find a charity to donate to, Mercy Ministries is the perfect one. They change girls lifes every single day. They not only help girls who are hurting and desperate, They transform and restore precious lives.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I was in the Nashville home in 2008. The results far exceeds any of my expectations.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

How did you find this group?

I learned about Mercy Ministries when the founder, Nancy Alcorn, visited my church as a guest speaker.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

Mercy encouraged us to surrender all of ourselves to God. They also encouraged us to be positive and have hope and faith.

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It always amazes me the power of God's word. I never dreamed of how God could use the things which were not God. Mercy Ministries really is about the Love of God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit. I never dreamed that my mentors would tell my story to help others but that is the God we serve. So thankful they use God's word to address every feeling, emotion, issue with God's word. So thankful they never give up regardless of the situation they still quote God's word. Its the only thing that sets a person free. Always amazed at how the God I serve takes something that was meant for evil but God used it for His glory. Mercy represents Godhead. So thankful just to sit at their feet. It really is God that makes the difference. The world has nothing on them. So thankful for the teaching has to line up with Gods word. I never get tired of hearing or reading the stories for it really is the power of Gods word. Many come to Jesus. Upon graduation so many answer a call of God from becoming a Missionary, Seminary, Counseling but by addressing everything with using God's Word. I'm still amazed because God really doesn't waste anything. The other volunteers/interns and those on Staff are my just some of my heros. My other heros are the girls the ones in the program and those on the waiting list. For their voise cries out "You say I didn't have to live like this you said there is more to life and they learn that there really is a life. My favorite story is when the girls say that is in the Old Testament I want something from the New Testament or vice versa. One of my mentors who is on Staff @ Mercy told me while touring the home if its not in the Bible than we don't have an answer.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

so many areas.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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I have gotten to know Mercy Ministries through our daughter, Whitney Nall, being the Nashville Community Relations Manager! WOW!!!Mercy is SO IMPRESSIVE!!!The CHRIST-Centered approach to helping young women know the Love of their Heavenly Father is First and Foremost!!!The Ministry is totally donor funded, debt-free and the girls come to Mercy FREE of charge!AMAZING! When I started a new business Jan.2009, I was too excited to sleep SO I stayed up ALL night and read Mercy's Founder, Nancy Alcorn's book, Echoes of Mercy. I was convicted to run my business the way Nancy runs Mercy Ministries; to do what GOD has called me to do and trust HIM with the results! Mercy's results are LIVES RESTORED, that's a GOD THING!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My Family, New friends at Mercy, my business and in Giving.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing the lives of The Mercy Girls Forever Changed b/c of the Life Transforming Power of Jesus Christ!!!!!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

A+ Everyone is Passionate about supporting Mercy so that Lives can be changed!!!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

take alot of girls off the waiting list!!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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This is a very short version of my testimony, a story I can now tell because of how God changed my life through this program. My birth mother left me and my younger brother when I was 2 years old. One of my family members became controlling and abusive and would often punish me by making me spend hours on my knees against the wall and would often beat me. The physical abuse became worse as I got older. Other family members molested me and this abuse eventually escalated to rape. The emotional pain led to cutting and a long battle with self-harm and bulimia. I became very confused about my sexual identity and got involved in relationships with other girls. Because of my rebellion, I was kicked me out of my home and fled to a Christian friend. When I thought I was controlling all of my issues, I realized that they were actually controlling me. A Mercy graduate who attends my church shared her testimony one Sunday morning, and I decided to seek lasting change for myself. During my time at Mercy, I learned that God already knew all of my past and my mistakes but He still accepts me just as I am. All I have to do is be willing to surrender everything and lay all my burdens down at His feet. I experienced the overwhelming love of Christ when I finally put on my crown of forgiveness and gave Him all of the ashes of my life. I am so thankful that God took my past and turned it into something that would ultimately make me turn to Him and fall in love with Him.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

every possible way. It changed me: the way I lived, the way I thought, everything, and all for the better.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

My entire six month stay there. It was fun, fruitful, life changing, had good food, and great people. You could never be dragged down by negativity and you are just surrounded by love there.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very patient. Very loving. Very relentless: They won't give up on anybody; you are not your past and you CAN change. Everybody gets the attention they need.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Build a lot more homes throughout the world, and change many more young women's lives.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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I don't really have a personal experience with this ministry, other than visiting a graduation once. I don't know how the girls are when they come in but seeing the transformation into Godly women is touching and amazing! I know my monthly donation is helping to change girls' lives!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my giving. My heart for giving has been opened and we continuously raise our monthly giving whenever we can. Hope to sponsor a girl (or 2!) monthly one of these days.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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I first became acquainted with Mercy Ministries when my daughter went to the St. Louis home for help with an eating disorder. She had spent 6 weeks at a private clinic which cost $1500 a day with no lasting improvement. She spent 6 months at Mercy, which is free, and it saved her life and transformed her. We have had many Mercy girls come back to visit the St Louis home and stay with us while they're here. They all are thankful for Mercy and how it changed their lives. Now I amy privileged to give back to Mercy by helping on fund raising and more recently working directly with the girls on an art healing project.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the hope in my daughter's life and dozens of other girls I have spent time with personally.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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I am so impressed with Mercy Ministries and Nancy Alcorn. This organization truly does what they state in their website. They empower women and girls to live their lives in freedom by offering them a safe environment to spend time learning about freedom and the Truth.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In Aug 2007 I entered Mercy Ministries as a woman who was broken and struggling with numerous life controlling issues. While there, I was loved, and empowered to press through my issues. Since that program, I have lived a transformed life and am in awe.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Mercy Ministries is one of the premier programs to help girls and young women who are struggling with life's issues. Whether it's an eating disorder, an emotional issue, self harm or anything else, Mercy successfully addresses the issue as well as the spiritual implications which are often overlooked. I actually have a cousin who is at Mercy now and she is receiving a level of care, counseling and support that she never received at the other programs she tried. I would recommend Mercy to any girl in need of help!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

AMAZING! The truly love the girls and are committed to seeing them become well again.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change the dynamic of how girls around the world deal with the issues life throws at them. We would see a generation of girls who are healthy, strong and alive in a way we haven't seen as a culture in a long time.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Mercy is an outreach ministry not just to the girls in the program, but also in the community. There are numerous resources in the main website, as well as blogs with inspirational messages to help motivate a generation of girls literally fighting for their lives! I personally struggled with an eating disorder and found out about Mercy after I was well into the healing process; I made a decision to give my resources to meet the needs of girls like myself, and after making this decision, I realized not only was I helping others, I was truly sowing seed into my own healing. This ministry is all about the individual; they do not get caught up in raising money for the sake of raising money; it is always with the motive and fierce passion to save one more life (whether that means physically, spiritually, or both) from the pressures and temptations of this world. My experience with staff members I've had the priveledge to work with has been nothing but positive experiences; they are extremely hard workers, and they do their job with passion and love. I am honored and proud to serve in such an organization. To me, there is no other organization like them, based on their approach to healing and the grace and literal 'mercy' they show these girls.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

going to the St. Louis Mercy home and watching 3 girls graduate from the program and get to hear their life stories and testimonies of how going to Mercy changed their lives. Additionally, I've learned a lot from books and teaching CD's I've purchased.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Possibly more outreach as far as putting tools in the hands of girls that are either on the wait list or are in counseling already looking for new ways to grow in their healing process.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing the lives of real people change in real time.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely kind and generous with their time. They really love what they do and it shows in their demeanor and actions.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

open some new homes to take in even more girls that will eventually become transformed by God through the channel of Mercy and go out into the world changed people, ready to help others. There is a domino effect!

Ways to make it better...

N/A

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The growing number of girls in need of their services and the rapidly growing wait list and not having the funds to build new homes fast enough, or growing too quickly (quality is harder to keep in check if that happens).

One thing I'd also say is that...

I LOVE MERCY!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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