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Mercy Ministries open home for females needing help

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Thanks to a $2.5-million gift and one acre of land from the Buzz Oates Charitable Foundation, Mercy Ministries of America has opened its first West Coast home, an approximately $6 million, 40-resident facility in Lincoln. Additional funds for the home were obtained through private donations and in-kind gifts acquired by Mercy Ministries and the Buzz Oates Charitable Foundation, according to a Mercy Ministries press release. Mercy Ministries began accepting residents in October 2009 and will celebrate with a public dedication and ribbon-cutting Ceremony at 5 p.m. Nov. 7 and an open house from 2 to 6 p.m. Nov. 8. Nashville, Tenn.-based Mercy Ministries of America is a Christian residential counseling program that serves girls and young women, ages 13 to 28, who face a combination of life-controlling issues such as drug and alcohol abuse, addictions, depression, eating disorders and unplanned pregnancies. “So many girls from California have sought our help over the years,” said Mercy Ministries’ founder and president Nancy Alcorn, “but they have always had to travel across the country to find a Mercy Ministries facility. Before the construction of the California home, Mercy Ministries in St. Louis was our closest home to California.” ~ Staff report