About the Program
A Multi-Dimensional Approach for Spirit, Soul, and Body
Our residential program is voluntary, Christ-centred, and completely free of charge to young women ages 19 to 28 who are facing life-controlling issues, including addictions, self-harm, depression, physical and sexual abuse, unplanned pregnancies, and eating disorders. The average stay is six to nine months and is designed to address the whole person – spirit, soul, and body.
Our program uses proven methods and features biblically based counselling and teaching, alongside life skills training and educational opportunities. We teach God’s unconditional love, forgiveness, and life-transforming power! Because of our approach to healing, residents gain the tools and perspective necessary to stop destructive cycles and discover purpose for their lives.
The program includes residential care, individual and group counselling, nutritional education, fitness training, educational preparation, biblical teaching, and transitional planning.
The Mercy Canada program is licensed by Fraser Health, under the Community Care and Assisted Living Act.
Our program model, “Choices That Bring Change,” combines biblical principles of healing and unconditional love with best-practice clinical interventions and has been developed from over three decades of experience. As part of the program, seven key components are addressed in counselling:
- Commitment to Christ
- Choosing to Forgive
- Renewing the Mind
- Generational Patterns
- Healing Life Hurts
- Freedom From Oppression
- Principles for Life-long Success
Counsellors work with residents to:
- Identify the root causes for destructive behaviour.
- Equip residents with the life skills and the ability to permanently avoid destructive behaviours.
- Identify goals at 30, 60 and 90 days. By 90 days, counsellor and counsellee are working on aftercare goals with an approximate six-month timeline in mind.
- Provide accountability to residents while they are in the program.
Counsellors also give input to a core team of staff, including the Fitness Manager, the Nutrition Manager, and the Director of Wellness, to provide each resident with individualized, holistic care based on each resident’s needs.
In addition to individual counselling, residents also participate in group counselling on a weekly basis. Group counselling sessions are a time focused on solutions and not a time to rehash past issues.
Our program is successful because the resident identifies issues, takes responsibility, and makes choices to move forward.
Mercy Canada’s program includes transitional care to prepare each young woman for success in society after spending time at Mercy Canada. Our transitional care includes extensive life skills training, as well as assistance as needed with finding housing, transportation, job preparation, and school application. Mercy graduates have up to 1 year of formal support from transitional care staff after they leave the program.
Mercy Canada helps young women who are facing unexpected pregnancies. While at Mercy, a young woman would complete a basic decision-making program. Birth mothers who choose adoption are encouraged to stay an additional 6 weeks for post-placement counselling. Parenting classes are also made available for the young women who decide to parent their child. These classes give the mothers practical training and guidance in numerous areas of child development.
A Day at Mercy
During your stay at Mercy Canada, you can expect:
- All services provided free of charge
- Biblically based, personalized counselling
- Clear written and verbal communication of the community program and guidelines
- Educational and life skills development opportunities
- Nutrition and wellness planning and implementation
- Daily opportunities for recreation and/or physical exercise
- A safe, clean and comfortable residential home
7:00-9:00 Wake up, breakfast and household duties
9:00-10:15 Bible reading and praise and worship
10:15-10:30 Morning snack
10:30-11:30 Morning class
3:15 Afternoon snack
3:30-5:00 Free time
5:00-7:00 Dinner, clean-up and evening work details
8:15-10:00 Study, free time and evening snack
10:00-10:30 Quiet time
10:30 Lights out
*Individual counselling sessions are scheduled between 1:30 and 4:00 once a week for each young woman and pre-empt regular schedule