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Our Staff

Mercy House Ministries offering hope and help for single pregnant women

Loraine Newsome, Family Support Specialist, Mercy House MinistriesLoraine Newsome, Client Care Manager

Loraine Newsome was a single Mom at 17 and because she had such a supportive family, she was able to raise her children in a loving environment. She always knew she wanted to give back and support single Moms as she understands the importance of having a strong support system and the necessary tools to tackle life as a single parent.

She has a passion to help women navigate life both personally and professionally. She is a certified Life Coach and a published author. She had a successful career in Healthcare for over 21 years, the majority of those years in account management and market development. She currently works in financial services as a licensed Life Insurance Agent. She is a Senior at Abilene Christian University studying Psychology with hopes of obtaining her Masters in Counseling with a focus on trauma.

Loraine volunteers with several organizations, is on the Women’s planning committee at her wonderful church, The Well Church Keller, and is a member of several women empowerment groups in the DFW area. During her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, cooking and traveling.

She is California born but Texas-raised and currently resides in Northlake. She has three beautiful daughters and a fur baby named Cookie.

 

Traci Haney, Program DirectorTraci Haney, Program Director

Traci Haney was born in Phoenix, AZ to a mom and dad that lived together, but never married. In less than a year, they separated. Traci wouldn’t meet her father again until 3 days before her wedding, which was also her 18th birthday. He walked her down the aisle to marry Kevin in the summer of 1987.

As a mom, her desire to give her kids the security of a loving home caused her to seek God for wisdom. He was faithful to answer those prayers and more. As her children got older, other moms sought parenting advice from Traci. Eventually, she began mentoring women and realized her ministry calling.

Traci has served in the local church for 30 years. The majority of her time was spent as a Parenting Small Group Leader. The parenting skills she received were so valuable, she became a Parenting Coach and grew from facilitating one group to between eight to ten.

Traci oversees, implements, and coordinates the strategic objectives of our organization through curriculum and programming. She utilizes her dynamic teaching skills to facilitate Christian discipleship and Life Skills programming from start to completion.

The programs at Mercy House teach those same parenting skills to the women in her care. Through biblical principles, they learn skills to effectively create loving, respectful relationships in families. Traci has implemented other programs that teach about finances, preparing for employment, and a program called Overcomer’s, which provides a spiritual plan of recovery for those who struggle with life-controlling problems.

Through her training in Freedom Ministry at Gateway, she has learned how to lead women in dealing with past issues and inviting God into the process of healing. She is thrilled to see women grow emotionally and spiritually as they are set free so they can live out the abundant life that Jesus promised in John 10:10.

She is currently in the process of getting her Biblical Counseling Certification.

Traci has lived most of her life in Texas. She is a happily married mother of two adult children and one granddaughter. She and her husband, Kevin, have been married 33 years. DIY projects, entertaining and cooking are great loves and she makes a mean blueberry lemonade. She also enjoys her creative side as a singer/songwriter and musician.

 

Janis McAdoo, Marketing/Media ManagerJanis McAdoo, Marketing/Media Manager

Janis McAdoo has been a long-time supporter of Mercy House. As a member of Grace Community Church, she remembers when Susan told the congregation about her dream of creating a home for single, pregnant women.

Working with cash strapped single moms needing a way to pay for team sports ignited her passion to help women. When her kids were young teens, she became a single mom herself and gained a new appreciation for how difficult it is to parent children alone.

When Janis established a marketing business, she learned Mercy House needed help with their website and social media accounts. She sent a proposal and got the job! That was in 2015. She now acts as our Marketing/Media Manager handling donor communications, website management, social media accounts and other fundraising activities.

She loves to celebrate the women in our program by telling their transformation stories. She still cries every time she watches one of their testimony videos, even if she’s seen it a hundred times.

Her children grew up and started families of their own. Her grandchildren, Waylen and Hudson, call her Nonnie. She shares her home with a couple of pups named Harley and Jack Henry.