Mercy Manor is a nonprofit, Christian, maternity home for women under the age of 18. We are in search of Houseparents; a married, Christian, couple to be the "mother and father" of the maternity home.
Mercy Manor provides a safe and loving environment and resources for young ladies who find themselves in an unplanned pregnancy. We seek to do this by meeting physical, spiritual, and mental needs as we walk hand and hand with each young lady through her pregnancy and beyond. More information about Mercy Manor can be found at www.MercyManor.com.
*2 weeks paid vacation – after 6 months of employment
The Houseparents shall be committed to serve and love the broken while creating a Godly Christian atmosphere.
Be committed Christians.
Be qualified on the basis of personal character to work with expectant/young mothers and on their ability to serve as part of a team.
Be over 23 years of age.
Not have children under 3 years of age.
Be a high school graduate.
Have a valid "Class 1 or 2" Texas Driver's License.
Have had one year of experience involving the supervision of a group of teenagers, or experience of a practical nature in working with youth.
Be capable of providing leadership and spiritual guidance to each of the young women according to her specific needs.
Be married for a minimum of 3 years.
In their attitudes concerning teenage pregnancy, the Houseparents should have a neutral stance on adoption vs. raising the child, but must have a pro-life belief.
Be able to provide evidence of financial responsibility.
Shall have a sympathetic understanding of each young woman and her unique situation.
Shall not be the perpetrator in a substantiated report of neglect or abuse.
If houseparents are parents of children still in the home, they shall demonstrate a parenting style that involves high acceptance, consistency, and appropriate discipline.
2 year commitment (must not be planning a pregnancy within those 2 years)
Provide spiritual leadership to young women and oversee devotions each weekday.
Shall have the responsibility for the day-to-day activities of the home and care of the young women.
Maintain upkeep on house and van as much as abilities allow. Request repairs as needed.
Maintain a comfortable and clean house, with the assistance of the residents.
Schedule various activities of the home, including responsibilities, as well as special programs.
Help the young women meet appointments and other responsibilities. Know where each young woman is when the woman is outside the home.
Help monitor leisure time activities, including monitoring of TV, music, phone calls, and visitation.
Provide a means of physical exercise and recreation to the women.
Set an example of a loving Christian couple, able to guide and direct a family situation.
Assist each woman in developing her gifts and talents by recognizing such gifts and lending encouragement and praise.
Enroll each young woman in the local school or GED program. Assist with tutoring when necessary.
When applicable, maintain necessary contact with teachers and attend conferences and school functions.
Maintain a Christian environment that is joyful, relaxing, and peaceful.
Maintain an attitude that promotes availability to the young women.
Try to be aware of each young woman's emotional needs; work to help them enter into the activities of the home and improve their self-image.
Enforce family guidelines and discipline in a loving manner. Work with skill sheets to combine discipline and reinforce positive behaviors.
Set up and maintain work schedules geared to running an efficient home.
Assign daily household duties to all women.
Assume responsibility for food budget and ensure proper food supply and management of funds.
Plan and supervise preparation of well-balanced meals.
Be willing to assist women through labor and delivery, if labor coach is unavailable.
Teach women good habits for personal hygiene and home maintenance.
Be willing to minister to boyfriends and/or birthfathers, as opportunities arise.
Attend any workshops or conferences that are recommended to increase skills and staff development.
Be responsible for making all necessary medical appointments and providing or arranging for transportation to all necessary appointments & activities.
Be responsible for maintaining an up-to-date medical file on each young woman.
Be responsible for notification of appropriate people for emergencies, as well as the birth of her child.
Be responsible for working with the Executive Director to ensure that all state regulations are met.
Be responsible to hold and record monthly fire drills.
Be responsible for reporting donations to the office secretary as they come in to the home and seeing to their proper use.
Be responsible to greet volunteers/intakes/visitors when they come to the home.
Participate in formulating each young woman's Individual Service Plan and review weekly with the Case Worker each young woman's status, progress, family situation, status and relationship to the alleged father, and plans for her child.
Be responsible for keeping licensing current with child placing agency.
Be responsible for the houseparent account.
Assist each resident in walking through her pregnancy. Help determine when it is necessary to go to the doctor, emergency room, etc.
Assist each resident in caring for her child. Help in developing a plan with each resident if there are problem areas in her parenting. (Mother-Child home only.