Mercy’s free-of-charge, Christian residential program helps young women between the ages of 13-32 who are dealing with life-controlling issues such as eating disorders, self-harm, unplanned pregnancy, drug and alcohol addiction, depression, any sort of abuse or addiction, and/or any other negative life-controlling issues.
Our online application is free, easy to use, and can be completed at any time. As a voluntary program, the application must be completed by the potential resident personally. If you apply, you must have regular phone and internet access during the application process. If you are serious about transforming your life, apply now to the residential program.
Through our generous donors we are able to offer our residential services free-of-charge. During a Resident’s time in the program, she would be responsible for her own personal expenses, including prescription medication expenses, any medical expenses incurred during her time in the program, and travel to/from Mercy.
The length of our application process varies by an Applicant’s situation and commitment level. Applicants who demonstrate a high level of commitment have the potential to be placed more quickly into our program. Entry into a Mercy home depends on many variables, including space availability, age, demonstrated commitment, and medical stability.
Most young women complete the program and graduate after an average of 6-9 months. Throughout the program, a Resident’s Counselor is monitoring her progress and will connect with other staff and her family (if applicable) to determine if she is prepared to graduate.
Our desire is to help every young woman struggling with life-controlling issues who wants help. However, we do look at approval into the program on an individual basis. Due to our program’s residential nature, and its required materials, we assess to determine if Mercy is a good fit for each Applicant. Mercy Multiplied is not a medical facility and cannot accept Applicants until they are medically stable. If we cannot accept an Applicant into the program for any reason, we provide referrals to other programs.
Applicants cannot be ordered by a court to come to Mercy. If an Applicant has legal issues, we will work with her on an individual basis. Generally, legal issues will need to be addressed before a Resident enters our program. We are not an option for a young woman who wants to avoid court requirements such as probation or going to jail. However, being on probation does not prohibit someone from being accepted into our program.
We have four homes in the United States located in Nashville, Tennessee; Monroe, Louisiana; St Louis, Missouri; and Sacramento, California. When an Applicant applies to the program, she is applying to all four homes unless she is pregnant or between the ages of 13-17, in which case she will be assigned to the Nashville home.
While each home helps young women dealing with all different types of life-controlling issues, our staff prayerfully considers and evaluates the Applicant as an individual to determine the home that best suits her individual needs and situation.
If an Applicant is between the ages of 13 and 17 and has not graduated from high school or does not have her high school equivalency (HSE) diploma/certificate, then she is required to participate in a school option at Mercy. School options includes our online home schooling program for those ages 13-17 or pursuing the GED/HiSET/TASC for those age 17 and older.
If an Applicant is over 17 and has not graduated from high school, she has the opportunity to work toward her high school equivalency (HSE) diploma/certificate. Due to the nature of the program and the focus on healing, Mercy Multiplied does not offer the option of completing university studies.
Each Mercy Home follows a daily schedule:
- Starting with breakfast, daily Bible reading, praise and worship, attending class where Residents watch a teaching and/or have a guest speaker come share words of encouragement, and lunch.
- In the afternoons, the Resident is either participating in counseling, fitness class, working on counseling assignments, and/or attending school.
- In the evenings, the Residents have dinner, an evening class, and go to bed.
Throughout the day, Residents are helping around the house with daily chores and kitchen duties.
Residents receive weekly individual and group therapy through a Christian-based counseling model developed by Mercy Multiplied called Choices that Bring Change (CBC). CBC is uniquely designed for Residents to cultivate a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and identify root causes to their life controlling issues so they can experience healing and freedom. Key components of CBC explore faith, forgiveness, family, overcoming abuse and past hurts, and learning skills to maintain their healing.
In addition to CBC, Residents will have the opportunity to listen and read teachings from internationally acclaimed teachers like Joyce Meyer, Dave Ramsey, Priscilla Shirer, Charlotte Gambill, and many more.
Mercy Multiplied counselors are required to hold a master’s degree or be working towards completion of a master’s degree from an accredited university in counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, or a related field.
Though Mercy Multiplied is not a medical facility, each home is staffed with a nurse to oversee medication distribution, provide first aid, and coordinate medical care with local providers (e.g., dentists, psychiatrists, general physicians), as needed.
When Residents are prescribed medication, Mercy staff adhere to the prescribing physician’s instructions. Residents on prescribed medications must be routinely monitored by outside physicians. Any and all medication adjustments are determined by outside physicians, not Mercy staff.
The majority of our residents are prescribed medication during their stay – some enter on medications and others are prescribed medication after they enter the program by an outside 3rd party physician. Mercy does not discourage the use of medication. In fact, Mercy values the role medical intervention and pharmaceuticals have in helping young women struggling with depression, anxiety and other psychiatric conditions. We recognize that after a young woman has processed past hurts and trauma, she may discover that her medications may need to be altered or are no longer needed. In either case, outside physicians would oversee her medication adjustments, not Mercy staff.
There are three meals each day plus healthy snacks available. Every meal is comprised of a menu approved by a registered dietitian. Each home is staffed with a Nutrition Manager who supports each resident with their meal plan and provides nutrition education to assist the Resident in leading a healthy lifestyle during and after Mercy.
Learning how to lead a healthy lifestyle is integrated into Mercy Multiplied’s program. Residents actively participate in fitness activities coordinated by the Fitness Manager on staff. Activities include group fitness class, going to a local gym, and more. On the weekends, Residents may participate in group recreational activities such as volleyball or going to a local park.
Residents may participate in supervised activities offsite from time-to-time. Some outings may include Sunday church services, weekly shopping trips for personal care items, recreational activities, sporting events, conferences, and concerts.
Mercy Residents are able to make and/or receive phone calls with family every weekend, and mail may be sent and received daily. Residents also have the opportunity to receive weekend passes with family members on a monthly basis.
Mercy Multiplied is a completely voluntary program and the Residents may leave at any time if they wish. Mercy recognizes that the first 30 days of a Resident’s stay are often the most challenging, which is why we ask Residents to commit to those first 30 days.
Throughout their time at Mercy, Residents will work with the transitional care component of the program. This involves planning for work, education, training, and transportation.
Mercy is an independent Christian organization that is not affiliated with any single church, organization, or denomination. Residents attend a local non-denominational church near the Home each Sunday, and in some homes, an additional night during the week.
Mercy Multiplied does not, and will never use, a counseling technique or tool that directly or indirectly encourages Residents to manufacture memories of abuse or harm.