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Mercy Ministries Celebrates 30 Years Of Service

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by Janet Kim

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Mercy Ministries, a place were young girls can go for refuge, is celebrating 30 years of service and opened its doors for a rare public tour.

Mercy Ministries has homes all over the world, such as in New Zealand and California. The headquarters though is located here in Nashville, where families came from around the globe to celebrate the ministry's important milestone.

With each room and every piece of art, one of Mercy Ministries' graduates Katlyn will tell you Mercy Ministries has changed lives.

"I was acting out of self-harm, an eating disorder, overexercise, and living a lot of lies and living a double life," said Katlyn. "I came to Mercy, and I was actually so angry that I shaved my head."

Katlyn is one of thousands to complete the residential program for young women with life controlling issues.

Mercy is a place these girls can come free of charge, between ages 13-28," said Mercy Ministries' Community Coordinator Melia Jett.

This program is strictly voluntary for the residents. They aren't forced to come, but it's a decision they make to enter the program.

Nancy Alcorn is the founder and president of the organization. Organization leaders said the ministry does not apply for state and federal funding so that it can continue to be a faith-based program.

In order to protect the residents of Mercy Ministries, Katlyn's last name and the Nashville home's location have been withheld.

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