Meet Susan Hulet | Founder/President Mercy House

We had the good fortune of connecting with Susan Hulet and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Susan, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
We serve a unique demographic, specifically single pregnant women who are homeless or in a situation of duress. Our goal is to provide housing, hope and practical help to these women so that no woman feels compelled to have an abortion due to a lack of support. We assist with housing in a group home, education, parenting classes or support for adoption, and personal growth so that the mother and child can move into successful independent living. We have a four phased program that takes a year to complete.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Mercy House is a maternity home in the DFW area that has served single pregnant women for 25 years. We started with the mission to provide housing, hope and help to women facing an unplanned pregnancy, with the goal that no woman feel compelled to have an abortion due to lack of support.

We provide the housing through a large group home located in Colleyville. Women are welcomed and share this home with others facing the same challenges. They live together collaboratively with a House Manager and other staff to guide them.

Mercy House is a faith based organization. This is where the hope comes from. Without a vital and intimate relationship with God we are all wandering and trying to find our way. We endeavor to inspire faith in God by introducing our residents to His love as a Father. In His love He sent His son, Jesus, as our Savior, and He is our hope.

Mercy House provides help in many practical ways. We assist with life skills training, childbirth education, prenatal, delivery, and postpartum care through prolife doctors and midwives. We help with counseling, trauma care, and emotional healing. We also assist with ongoing education knowing that it is vital for acquiring a vocation capable of supporting a young family.
Each resident, along with her case manager, creates a customized service plan aimed at meeting all of her needs during her year with us.
Our one year program is a 4 phased approach:
Phase 1: ENDURE In this phase, we focus on endurance which involves our heart, mind, will and emotions and how we react to hardship. We learn to transform trials into triumphs.
Phase 2: HOPE In this phase, moms have delivered their babies and are adjusting to life as new moms. They learn practical skills for everyday life.
Phase 3: CHANGE In this phase, we focus on higher education for a skill, trade, or continuing education to prepare for employment.
Phase 4: LIFE In this phase, we prepare for life after Mercy House including plans for employment, transportation, and transitional living arrangements.

In our early years we provided our services through 13 “Shepherding Homes”. These were individual families who opened their home to a woman in need as we provided the other case management services. It was challenging because each home was different, with different family dynamics, schedules and needs. Add to that adjusting to a completely unknown person who is pregnant and hurting, and you can imagine it was sometimes difficult. We were able to secure a rented home in 2012 where all the residents could live together, with all the same rules and expectations. It made our ministry easier and more consistent. In 2018 we were able to secure a permanent home where we currently operate. Our current home has a capacity for 6 residents at a time.
One of the challenges in a ministry like this is keeping good staff and supporting them well. Our House Manager takes a respite every two weeks for 48 hours. We use volunteers or other available staff to meet this need. Another challenge is ongoing fundraising. All of our funding comes from individuals, supporting churches and businesses, and grants. This requires continual diligence in our fundraising efforts to provide and to expand for our future goals.
Another challenge can be the residents themselves. Some of the women we serve are very ready for change, accepting and growing in all we have to offer them. Some women find that they actually may not be as ready. We have come to the understanding that everything we do is seed sown into a life. God is faithful and He will water that seed and bring fruition. We are just a part of the process for however long we are given opportunity.
The biggest lesson I have learned along the way is that God is faithful. This is His ministry and He is the provider. I have seen Him provide so faithfully and consistently, even when we had emergencies to meet. Another lesson is that He is the healer. I have seen Him heal so many women and bring them through their dark and confusing days into a bright and beautiful future. They have to cooperate with Him, and when they do, there is always a good result.
Mercy House is a safe place to breathe, recover, plan and make a beautiful future. Our dream is to change the future not just for a mother and baby, but for the generations following.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My mother.


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