Mercy Ministries Of America, Inc.

Rating: 4.19 stars   37 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Mental Health, Religion

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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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

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!

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

 
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8 people found this review helpful

Every time I leave a Mercy function, I am reminded of why I love helping this great organization. At the last Mercy Friends luncheon, I made a few remarks about why my wife and I are involved. After the luncheon, a lady came up to me. She is the mother of one of the graduating Mercy girls that week. Her tears of happiness that her daughter's life had been change and hope restored prevented her from saying very much to me, she could only say thank you. I was not expecting it, but I know why God has connected my wife and I to this organization.

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

meeting young ladies whose lives have been transformed and hope restored, thanks to God and the people of Mercy

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

100% dedicated to the girls

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

save the lives of 150 more young women.

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About every month

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2010-5-01

 
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7 people found this review helpful

I first heard of Mercy Ministries about five years ago when I saw Nancy Alcorn on Joyce Meyer's daily broadcast. My heart was instantly knitted with this ministry. Since that time, I learned more about Mercy and along the way, as my family and I moved to a different church, we discovered that our church was directly involved with Mercy! I have had the amazing opportunity to visit the corporate offices in Nashville, as part of a missions trip to help serve them and the Nashville home. To date, I currently serve on the Community Board for the upcoming Charlotte, NC home! I am so extremely amazed, having witnessed first hand, at the level of integrity and excellence that this ministry operates by, even down to the smallest details, and the staff of Mercy Ministries are by far some of the best I have ever seen and had opportunity to get to know. This is a ministry completely worthy of consideration as an outreach to support!

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

several ways. Having visited the corporate offices, I have had the opportunity to serve and to see young women graduate from the program and go on to live fulfilling lives.

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

witnessing changed lives! Young women come in with life controlling issues and through the gospel of Jesus Christ, they leave equipped to live a full and victorious life!

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

amazing! I have met every staff member in the Nashville offices and they are wonderful!

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

build the necessary homes needed to lose the 700+ waiting list of girls who are in need of what Mercy offers.

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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