Mercy Canada’s free-of-charge outpatient services helps women ages of 13 and above who are dealing with life-controlling issues such as eating disorders, self-harm, drug and alcohol addictions, physical and sexual abuse, depression, and sex trafficking.
What is the program curriculum?
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 3 decades of experience, as outlined in our Freedom Series.
Trained counsellors lead clients through the program model, helping them explore issues of faith, forgiveness, family and generational patterns, overcoming abuse and past hurts, and general life principles.
In addition to the program model, all clients’ weekly schedules include personalized counselling sessions, life skills classes, nutrition and wellness planning, and daily worship, Bible reading, and physical exercise.
What kind of medical care do residents receive?
Mercy Canada is not a medical facility, however, some of the young women who enter our program have medical issues that need to be managed.
To that end, our home employs a licensed registered nurse to take residents to medical and dental appointments as needed, monitor their medications, and work with local practitioners who provide both medical and psychiatric oversight.
Mercy Canada does not discourage the use of medication. In fact, Mercy Canada values the role medical intervention and pharmaceuticals have in helping young women struggling with depression, anxiety, and other psychiatric conditions. Mercy Canada staff follow directions from independent physicians with regard to medication, as it is not our place to make medication determinations.
The overwhelming majority of our residents are on some kind of medication during their stay at Mercy some of which they have in place before coming and some of which is prescribed after they come into the program. As is common in therapy and counselling, when a woman progresses through processing past hurts and trauma, she may find that certain medications do not seem to be needed anymore. However, this is something she would handle with the independent physician she sees and is not determined by Mercy Canada staff.
What are the meal requirements?
Residents who require individualized meal plans (those with disordered eating and health issues) meet as needed with our Registered Dietitian, who develops a plan with them.
What are the fitness requirements?
Fitness restrictions due to a resident’s health are determined on an individual basis by our Wellness Team.
Who can apply to the program?
Mercy Canada is designed for women ages 13 and above with a strong desire to change their lives. Entry to the program is voluntary – that is women make their own choice to come to Mercy Canada. Once in the program, they are expected to participate in all aspects of the program.
If an applicant has legal issues, we will work with her on an individual basis. Any outstanding legal issues will usually need to be addressed before an applicant enters our program. Being on probation does not prohibit someone from being accepted into our program.
If you have any questions about any medical, financial, legal, marital, or parenting issues that may restrict your ability to enter and/or stay in the program to its completion, please email us at email@example.com
How do you apply for the program?
How long does the application process take?
The length of the application process depends on many variables, including space availability, medical stability, and demonstrated commitment. Applicants who demonstrate a high level of commitment have the potential to be placed more quickly into our program.
Once an application has been completed, applicants may still be placed on our waiting list. The waiting list changes all the time, so it is difficult to determine how long a young woman will be required to wait for admission. While on the waiting list, applicants will receive check-in calls and assignments to encourage and prepare them for the program.
It is the goal of Mercy Canada to bring women into the program as soon as space becomes available.
What happens when a client finishes the program?
In the final stages of a client’s time at Mercy Canada, she will begin the transitional care component of the program. This involves meeting with our Transitional/Aftercare Facilitator, who helps equip them practically in making plans for work, education, training, accommodations, and transportation.
Each client also works with their counsellor in identifying an accountability partner in their city to meet with on a regular basis after they complete the program. Accountability partners get in contact with the resident regularly for up to one year and offer support and encouragement as they transition back into daily life after finishing the program.
What happens if a client wants to leave the program before completion?
Because change is a process that takes place over a period of time, Mercy Canada encourages applicants to make an initial commitment to our program for approximately 6 months.
However, our program is 100% voluntary, and clients are free to leave at any point.
Is Mercy Canada affiliated with a particular denomination?
Mercy Canada is not directly affiliated with any particular church, denomination, or organization, but is rather an independant Christian organization with staff members from a variety of Christian backgrounds and traditions.
Do I need to be a Christian to enter the program?
No, it is not essential to have a Christian faith to apply for Mercy Canada’s programs. We welcome applications from women struggling with life-controlling issues regardless of their personal faith or religious background.
However, we are transparent about the fact that we offer a Christ-centred, biblically based discipleship program and aspects of the program include Bible study, worship, Christian teachings, prayer, and regular church attendance.