Mercy Ministries of America, Inc.

Rating: 4.22 stars   36 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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Roughly 6 Years Ago, I Graduated From Mercy Ministries! I Was Extremely Deceitful, I Had Built Up Anger Issues, I Was Very Insecure, Depressed, I Kept Myself Isolated From Everyone & Engaged Myself In Unhealthy Relationships. I Turned To Drugs For Comfort And Was Just Living Life Like A Zombie, Without A Care In The World, I Was Okay With Just Being "Average".. To Some People, You May Think, Oh That's All? That's Life BUT When It Ruins You And Your Family All In One, It's A Big Deal, It's Time For An Intervention. My Parents Were So Feed Up That It Was Time For A Change. Not Because They Didn't Love Me But Because They Saw Something In Justice That She Didn't See In Herself!! 6 Years Later, She's Working 2 Jobs, Paying Her Owns Bills, Has Her Own Car, Single, No Kids, Very Secure In The Person She Is & The Person She's Becoming. I'm Only Human, Not A Perfect Person, So Yes I Still Fight Many Battles & I Do Still Have Weaknesses But At The End Of The Day My Only Mission Is To Become More Like God. Jeremiah 29:11, I Know God Has A Plan And A Purpose For Me And I'll Do What It Takes To Get There! #MercyMinistries #TransformedLives #Love #Hope #LivesRestored

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I support the work of Mercy Ministries financially because I was a messed up young person and wish I had this kind of place to go to back then to get help. The graduates I've met have such amazing stories of how their lives were turned around. Changed lives are hard to argue with. Also, from my observation, Mercy Ministries is a responsible steward of the support they raise, and they run their organization with excellence.

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I have meet several of the young ladies in the home and after finishing the program. My daughter has several friends that have graduated the program. They find hope , love and a relationship with Jesus. I wish I could do more for this young ladies. I have recommended and will continue to recommend Mercy to hurting young ladies. Karen Talbert

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As a donor and largely involved supporter of Mercy Ministries, I can attest to the work done at Mercy Ministries. Nancy Alcorn has held steadfast to the vision of helping girls find life transformation. The hundreds and hundreds of stories of "Mercy Girls" often bring me to tears. I know without a shadow a doubt my financial gifts are going to make a difference and bring freedom to hurting girls. I have met several girls directly impacted by the program, and have been able to rejoice in the freedom and transformation they have found.

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I have know about and supported Mercy for over 7 years. I also personally know several girls who went through this program that would attest to how awesome the program is and how much it contributed to their success in life.

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I am so very sorry to hear that you felt that way. I know of someone who can help you. Please check out the videos for Katie Souza. Also Sid Roth. http://www.YouTube.com/Watch?v=CIGQm3foS4Y

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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!

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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.

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About every month

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2010-5-01

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I first learned about Mercy over a decade ago after hearing Nancy tell her story at a women's conference. After reading Nancy's book, I really identified with her heart to help girls and the principles by which she was guided to do it, particularly offering them help free of charge so they would know they were cared for and valued and not just viewed as a profit center. It's been incredible to see how God has blessed this ministry, expanded their reach and their homes, and the testimonies of the girls' changed lives are the greatest evidence of their success. I believe Nancy's heart to do things with excellence reflects the heart of God in how He views the broken women who come to Mercy for help and restoration. I love that girls who are written off by their families, society and all sorts of medical and psychological personnel graduate Mercy and go on to become doctors, missionaries, wives, Fulbright scholars... What further evidence do we need that a great God, a dedicated staff and an effective ministry can indeed redeem and transform lives? I invest money for a living and am even more judicious with my personal giving, and can honestly say that an investment in Mercy yields a great return every time.

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the amazing testimonies of lives transformed. I've visited the Nashville home firsthand and met with Nancy and some of the key staff.

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Christy Singleton, the Development Director. She wears alot of hats, gets the job done, is a great sounding board, is incredibly responsive, and over the years of our interaction has become a true friend.

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

kind, caring, intelligent and committed.

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

open more homes and provide help for the 750+ girls currently on their waiting list.

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About every month

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2010-5-01

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I originally connected with Mercy Ministries in July of 1993 after the death of my wife and unborn child. I wanted to find a ministry that would serve and love women that have been beaten down in life and feel no hope for the future. I found that and more in Mercy! I have visited Mercy and find that they not only produce hope, but also restore lives to "better than original" status free of charge. Amazing non-profit!

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seeing young women regain control of their lives by overcoming horrific circumstances.

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their commitment to providing a safe and beautiful environment for the healing process.

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

committed, kind, focused and loving.

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

save more lives.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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