Mercy’s Door is nestled in Whitfield County at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains, near Chattanooga, TN and Fort Mountain State Park. Mercy’s Door is a non-profit, charitable organization that serves children and families. It consists of four homes where children between the ages of 6 and 18 have a safe environment to work through their achievements and failures with caring people around them who seek to offer rest from the storms of life. We are not to be confused with other child caring institutions. Mercy’s Door is a home setting, creating a nurturing family environment for children 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 in a home, thus creating a smaller environment that is condusive 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 homes participate in family activities such as daily devotions, regular worship services, after school sports activities, holiday activities, weekend recreational activities and summer vacations. We currently have three homes for children under 18, as well as an Independent Living Home for young ladies who are 18-21 and are seeking to transition out of foster care.
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 with children coming in and out of our homes for short stays. If a child comes to Mercy’s Door 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 caring adoptive family or family reunification are the ultimate goals.