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A Girl Called Hope: A Leopard Can’t Change It’s Spots

Mercy Ministries has changed it’s name in New Zealand to A Girl Called Hope but it’s still the same old Mercy.

I can’t see any reason they would do this other than to try and hide from the negative publicity now associated with the name Mercy Ministries in Australia.

As the official A Girl Called Hope website states this ministry still has “strong ties” to Mercy Ministries and Nancy Alcorn. Clearly this is just Mercy Ministries with a different name. Perhaps Mercy thought that simply rebranding their product would be enough to silence it’s critics? The official website goes on to say:

“A Girl Called Hope is based on the work of Mercy Ministries which was founded by Nancy Alcorn in America in 1983. Having worked with troubled youth for eight years; Nancy gained insight into the reasons why social problems exist, particularly in young women.

The first home was opened in Monroe, Louisiana, this then extended to Nashville, St. Louis and Sacremento, California in the United States. Mercy Ministries has expanded internationally with homes in England, Canada and here in New Zealand.”

There is no mention at all of the Australian homes they’ve opened and then closed; no mention of the compensation payout; the lies they told the media; the thousands of women who’s lives were damaged; or the fact they only changed the name after the Australian home closed.

I’m sure any woman turning to A Girl Called Hope for help would like to know these important facts.


6 responses

  1. This is not the first time Miss. Alcorn has changed the name of the ministry. It was Covenant Ministries from 1983 to about 1987.

    January 29, 2011 at 11:21 am

    • The dropping of Covenant was probably to make it sounds less religious and have more market appeal. I’ve heard accounts of the 80’s when it was called Covenant and the stories back then were the same as they are now. The changing of Mercy New Zealand is purely for PR reasons. It can’t be for any other reason can it?

      January 29, 2011 at 2:56 pm

  2. Maybe “Hope” is hoping to not have a Mercy experience.

    January 29, 2011 at 11:23 am

  3. Charlotte

    Right, time to get your facts straight
    I was a resident at A Girl Called Hope and the home was loving, kind and very helpful for many of the girls.
    Most of the girls I was with while in the home graduated, achieving their goals of why they went to the home.
    I myself graduated, and am doing so well now since graduation

    It was Australia that had issues with Mercy, and A Girl Called Hope is nothing of what you are describing.

    So I suggest anyone who is considering going to A Girl Called Hope it will be the best thing you do 🙂

    January 21, 2015 at 6:10 am

    • Amen girl. You done well. GBU.

      October 8, 2017 at 8:45 am

    • Just because you had a good experience with a girl called hope doesn’t mean they are a good organisation. While I was there it was traumatic. I came out worse than when I went in.

      That place was pure manipulation and honestly I wish I never went. I would have been better off.

      They would play us against each other telling us all different things just to see if we were talking to each other and play stupid little games. Also staff had clear favourites and those residents had special treatment always.

      February 19, 2018 at 5:12 am

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