We All Need a Little Therapy

We all need to talk sometimes. We all go through dark times. So many readers reach out to me to talk, so I thought I would share some resources I found over on Tumblr that will help if you’re going through a difficult time.

In the United States, the following resources are for free and CONFIDENTIAL counseling:

If you are not located in the U.S., check out Tumblr’s Counseling and Prevention Resources. If you are, or someone you know is, in immediate danger, please call a local emergency telephone number or go immediately to the nearest emergency room.

Gloria Jeans Coffee Supports Gay Conversion Program

[This article originally posted here at AfterEllen. We’re reposting here for educational purposes. Mercy Ministries has been continuing their abuse since 2008. It’s been rumored that Gloria Jeans coffee has ceased funding Mercy Ministries, but I do not have confirmation of that.  If you have any new information regarding this program, please email Lisa Kerr at mycultlife@gmail.com.]

I just want to bring this to everybody’s attention. Gloria Jeans is an international coffee chain akin to Starbucks. They are partnered closely with Mercy Ministries, a Christian-based (admittedly) anti-choice organization that also “treats” girls who struggle with eating disorders, self-harm, depression, etc. Gloria Jeans claims they are not closely linked and only count MM among many of a number of local charities that they support. However, the Fall Issue of the Mercy Ministires USA magazine (pp.4-5) contains an article about how closely the two are connected.

Here are some links about it:

Gloria Jean’s Coffees Under Fire

Ad Banned: The Price of Homophobia

Ex-gay Group Targets Aussie Lesbians

They Prayed to Cast Satan From My Body

As a former US resident I can attest that all the allegations are true, and that they count homosexuality as an illness brought on by “demonic oppression” and must be “cast out”. (No, I am not making this stuff up. I wish I were.)

Most of MM’s other corporate sponsors have pulled away from them, but through all of this Gloria Jeans maintains it’s plans to financially support Mercy Ministries. Please don’t give Gloria Jeans your business!

From the latest edition of MM online magazine:

“In addition to the fundraising weekends and money boxes on each Gloria Jean’s Coffee counter, each company employee is educated on the work and vision of Mercy Ministries.”

What is Mercy Ministries?

According to their website:

About Us
Mercy Ministries’ free-of-charge, voluntary, faith-based residential program serves young women from all socio-economic backgrounds, ages 13-28, who face a combination of life-controlling issues such as eating disorders, self-harm, drug and alcohol addictions, depression and unplanned pregnancy. Mercy also serves young women who have been physically and sexually abused, including victims of sex trafficking. Using proven methods, a holistic approach and professional counselors in a structured residential environment, Mercy has helped thousands of young women be restored to wholeness. Mercy’s goal is to help these young women find freedom from their issues and empower them to serve in their communities as productive citizens.

Mission:

Mercy Ministries exists to provide opportunities for young women to experience God’s unconditional love, forgiveness, and life-transforming power.

Vision:

Mercy Ministries is committed to being an effective and well-respected global organization dedicated to transforming lives of generations searching for truth and wholeness.

 

What makes Mercy Ministries different?

We believe freedom is possible!
We don’t teach methods of coping with life-controlling issues, we teach God’s unconditional love, forgiveness and life-transforming power. Our program gives young women the tools they need to break free! We apply Christian principles and teachings with proven methods and a professional counseling staff. Our approach to healing allows young women to permanently stop destructive cycles and prepares them to take hope out into their communities.

Our program is completely FREE OF CHARGE
We want our residents to know that we genuinely care. They can trust us because we are not making money off of their problems. We raise all the financial support for our programs through private funding.

We have seen thousands of lives transformed
Mercy Ministries International has helped over 3,000 residents in its nearly 30 years of operation. In a recent survey of former Mercy Ministries of America residents, 93 percent of respondents said Mercy Ministries “transformed their lives and restored their hope.” Time and time again we have seen girls who have no hope or will to live develop into strong, passionate leaders. God is using Mercy graduates to impact lives all over the world.

 

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What is Mercy Ministries behind the mask?

Mercy Ministries is a Nashville, Tennessee based group which was accused of misrepresenting their counseling and recovery services to young women in Australia in 2008. The misrepresentation in Australia was two-fold. First, they claimed their services were free but had the girls sign over their government checks. Second, the ministry claimed to be using licensed therapists and professional counseling methods.  In 2009, Mercy admitted their guilt in misrepresentation on both counts and paid back $120,000 of government aid it had wrongly taken from the girls who attended—in Australia.