Thursday, July 9, 2009

Mercy Ministries Celebrates the 4th of July

Fourth of July weekend was a busy and fun-filled weekend for all of our U.S. homes. The Nashville residents had a blast with an unexpected cook-out due to a change of plans when the fireworks got rained out. Luckily, the St. Louis residents were able to attend fireworks in the city of Webster Grove while enjoying a picnic dinner, games and songs. Our Monroe girls enjoyed a casual cook-out of barbequed chicken, baked beans and corn on the cob followed by a fireworks display. It was nice for the residents to experience events that were out of the day-to-day routine of the normal week’s schedule.

At our brand new home in Lincoln, CA, staff was joined by 20 enthusiastic volunteers for this year's 4th of July Parade in the city of Lincoln. With a 40 bed facility on the verge of opening, Mercy Ministries’ staff and volunteers had fun getting to know hundreds of locals that gathered to enjoy the festivities of the day. Throughout the parade, the Mercy group distributed candy, water bottles, and flyers as a way to raise awareness in the surrounding community. Special thanks to all who participated. The following is what a few of the staff and volunteers had to say about their time at the Lincoln, CA 4th of July Parade.Megan said, "My favorite part of the morning was when the Mercy car reached the grandstands and the MC announced that Mercy provides free residential care for young women facing tough times. The crowd didn't just cheer, they were really energetic. It really made me realize that the community is especially supportive of Mercy's mission in our area! Go Mercy!"

Cheryl said, "What a fun way this was to make our presence known to the Lincoln community. This was a great way to spend our morning."

Ryan said, "The crowd seemed so happy to see us in the parade this year. I can really tell that people are glad Mercy is here in Lincoln and they seem really supportive and interested in what we are doing."

To learn more about the Lincoln home and to find out how you can help us open our doors to 40 more hurting young women, contact Brittany Wallace at 916-316-1612 or