Marion County Commission approves funds for non-profit Hands of Mercy Everywhere

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MARION COUNTY, Fla. (WCJB) -- Two Marion County non-profits are celebrating after the county commission awarded them grant money Tuesday.

Hands of Mercy Everywhere in Belleview received 300,000 dollars to support their work providing physical, emotional and spiritual care for young adult women and their children.

Hands of Mercy Everywhere serves young adult women, ages 18 to 20 by providing them with a place to stay, transportation to and from school, medical appointments, and more.

With the approved funds, Hands of Mercy Everywhere will renovate and open "Grace House."

"The outcome of the Grace House will be the addition of five bedrooms, those five girls, they'll be able to here with their babies and continue the services that we offer,” said Office Manager at Hands of Mercy Everywhere, Marge Felix.

For mother Yolanda - who used only her first name for privacy - has been using the non-profit's services for two years now.

"They help us a lot, they're nice, they're kind and they encourage us and they help us with appointments and a lot of stuff,” she said.

She said she's excited to see other young women in her community receive this help.

"Yes, it's exciting because they're going to help other teenager girls and their kids,” Yolanda added.

Marion County is an entitlement community, which can receive community development block funds from the federal government.

"We're able to provide funding resources to the non-profits who fill a need within our community,” said Community Services Director for Marion County, Cheryl Martin.

Construction on Grace House will begin in August and the non-profit hopes to have the project completed next summer.

"We thank everyone in our community and our county commissioners,” Felix added.

Hands of Mercy Everywhere does heavily rely on donations and volunteers. Any painters, roofers, carpenters or other volunteers can call 352-347-4663 if they would like to volunteer.