Have you heard about Mercy Ministries? Mercy is a worldwide charity that runs homes for girls in crisis. Girls struggling with eating disorders, self-harm, drug and alcohol addictions, sexual abuse, depression, or unplanned pregnancies can come to these homes free of charge to get help that is firmly grounded in Christ.
As far as I know, only Mercy currently offers this, and it is oh, so very needed.
When I was in college, I had some friends with troubles like these. One of them went (with family support and insurance coverage) to a center that charged something like $1000 a day. From what I could tell, it helped, but not entirely. Another went to Mercy, free of charge, and came back transformed. She had some difficulty transitioning back into the "real world", but overall I was blown away by the change in her life. (Mercy has since improved their transitional care services.)
I've been supporting Mercy Ministries ever since, in thanksgiving for her life and in hopeful prayer for those girls who will be helped in the future.
And now, I am so excited to hear that a California home is nearly complete and scheduled to open by the end of this year!!! Every home that opens means fewer girls on the waiting list and more getting the help they need. And a home on the west coast means that it will be that much easier for girls who live here to get help (moving to Tennessee from California is rather a big deal!) Mercy is hoping to be able to remain debt free while finishing building the California home. Would you consider making a donation to help in this endeavor? You can also become a monthly ministry partner, or choose to sponsor a specific girl in need.
The need is great, and Mercy is doing an incredible job meeting that need and covering it with the love of Christ.