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About Us

About Mercy’s Door: Remember to Rest After Every Storm – Mattie Stepanek





































Mercy’s Door is nestled in Whitfield County at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains, near Chattanooga, TN and Fort Mountain State Park. Mercy is a non-profit charitable organization that serves children and families. It is a home where children between the ages of 6 and 18 can feel safe to share their failures and accomplishments with the people around them and rest from the storms of life. We are not to be confused with other child caring institutions. Mercy is a home setting, creating a nurturing family environment for them to heal in heart, grow in character, and experience peace of mind.


Home We are dedicated to modeling a family environment for the children we serve. A committed couple lives with no more that 6 children to a home, thus creating a smaller environment allowing for individual nurturing and attention. Meals are cooked in the homes to facilitate a family-type atmosphere. The house parents and the children in their home participate in family activities such as daily devotions, regular worship services, after school sports activities, holiday activities, weekend recreational activities and summer vacations.


Counseling Our children come from a wide variety of backgrounds and home life. When a child enters through the doors our counseling staff immediately begins to work implementing a service plan geared toward meeting the needs of each child. Our counselors help each child establish achievable goals with a reachable time to accomplish. Our staff of three counselors provides individual, group, and family therapy, helping to identify the negative behavior patterns being exhibited and learn new ways of relating to others. Our counselors partner with the house parents, teachers, and parent or guardian to ensure the plan set in place is consistently being followed.


How we get our Children The children and teens that come to live with us are typically referred by a wide range of public and private sectors. These referrals can come from school counselors, teachers, a juvenile court judge, a church, mental health professional or state officials. Sometimes the referral comes from a concerned parent.


Mercy Creates Stability Mercys Door believes in showing mercy but mercy that carefully and cautiously loves our children through their circumstances and consequences while creating stability in their lives. We are not a housing assembly line of children coming in and out of our homes. If a child comes to Mercy they will remain with us unless our staff of counselors agrees that we are not able to meet the needs of the child or they are reunited with their family. Permanency with a family or family reunification is the ultimate goal.


Education Our children attend public schools and when most arrive they are an average of 1 to 2 years behind in their subjects. Among our staff is a masters level teacher who provides after school tutoring twice a week. Mercy staff partner together with the school system closely to ensure their academic success. We monitor their behavioral skills and performance by working with the schools team of counselors and teachers.