Our History and Home
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.