Divine Mercy House

about us

Safe. Nurturing. 
Christ-centered.

Our History and Home

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The Divine Mercy House ministry was established in 1996 to raise money to renovate a private home in Fruit Cove, FL that would be a refuge for single women experiencing crisis pregnancies.  With help from generous benefactors, women between the ages of 16 and 23 were able to give birth, earn a GED, and/or complete vocational coursework, in a loving, supportive home.  The initial home had accommodations for three women at a time, plus a live-in Resident Director.  The success of this smaller home inspired its leadership to pursue establishing a permanent home and setting.  St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Jacksonville, FL brought integral support, helping with initial funding and generously donating land for the construction of a new home. 

Opened in 2007, the current location of Divine Mercy House is a 4,000 sq ft home located in the historic Mandarin area of Jacksonville, FL.  Our beautiful home features five mother/child suites that surround an expansive kitchen and dining room.  A living room, computer room, counseling rooms/offices, and other gathering areas provide plenty of space for daily living, one-on-ones, group meetings, and fellowship. The home also features a spacious laundry room, and a fenced-in backyard for activities and play.  Finally, our home features a private, live-in suite for our Resident Director.

In 2013, a thrift store was established to help serve as an ongoing funding source for the organization.  Both the maternity home and thrift store operate under the umbrella of Divine Mercy Ministries, Inc, a Christian (non-denominational) 501 (c)3 non-profit organization.

 

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Staff

 
 

RESIDENT DIRECTOR

Destiny Cowart

Destiny brought a diverse background to Divine Mercy House (DMH) when she joined the team in 2017.  Her career has been devoted to Christian ministry and counseling, nonprofit strategic planning and development, cultural exchange, and social justice.  She has also been a maternal and perinatal health advocate for over a decade.  Destiny's heart beats for guiding young women as they grapple with age-old questions such as, Who am I?Do I have a purpose?, and Does my life matter?  She is a day-to-day counselor, confidant, and champion for our residents, and leads the staff in the home's daily operations, case management, and administration.  

 
 

 
 

ASSISTANT RESIDENT DIRECTOR

Angela Drain

Angela supports the extensive daily operations of DMH, including case management, volunteer coordination, and facilitating different life skills classes.  A strong belief that terminating a pregnancy should never be an option a woman must consider is what led her to become involved with DMH.  Her empathy, diligence, and patience help give warmth to the home.  Her attention to detail and keen eye for organization make her an excellent model for our residents, and a natural teacher.  Originally from Alabama, Angela and her husband together have five sons, and belong to the parish of St. Joseph's Catholic Church.

 
 

 
 

WEEKEND RESIDENT STAFF

Mary Ellen Chajkowski

Mary Ellen is an experienced parent, grandparent, professional educator, and custody advocate.

 
 

 
 

WEEKEND RESIDENT STAFF

Jacquana Hughes

A Jacksonville native, Jacquana is a University of Central Florida graduate, and dedicated case worker and counselor at NE FL Healthy Start Coalition.  She is also a member of Abyssinia Baptist Church.  Jacquana's strength comes from her heavenly Father, and this verse:  "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."  (Jeremiah 29:11)

 

 
 

WEEKEND RESIDENT STAFF

Aileen Miller-Jenkins

Aileen is a college biology professor and a long-time educator.  Her previous experience volunteering in a maternity home in Maryland and science background make her a gem of guidance and knowledge.  She is a master organizer, very creative, and her calming nature adds peace to our home.

 

 
 

MANAGER, THRIFT STORE

Michael Kelley

Mike has worked in the retail industry for many years, and gained experience from every aspect, from management to working the sales floor to budgeting.  He moved to the greater Jacksonville area in 2000.  In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his three grandchildren, working with computers, and playing the guitar.

 

 
 

ASSOCIATE, THRIFT STORE

Nicholas Foglesong

Nick is a Jacksonville native, and enjoys time with his many pets:  dogs, cats, turtles, and even sugar gliders!  When he's not at the thrift store register, he enjoys biking, playing video games, visiting the zoo, and driving.

 

 
 

ASSOCIATE, THRIFT STORE

Ricky Gresham

 

 
 

ASSOCIATE, THRIFT STORE

Lori Lynn

 

 
 

ASSOCIATE, THRIFT STORE

Debbie Cantillo