Dawn Krause, Resident Director
Dawn Krause’s unique story started early in her childhood when she was just six months old. In her young age, Dawn and her twin Emily were placed in a foster care home with Peter and Carol Krause. There, they lived with their older sister Elise. At the age of four, they received the biggest blessing; they were adopted by the same loving foster family which now became their forever family.
Dawn grew up in a loving home and has a loving relationship with God. She attended church on a regular basis with her family and was very involved in her Church’s youth program. Even though her journey has had its ups and downs, Dawn has learned to trust in the Lord and let Him carry her through it all.
Her adoption and love for Christ led her to want to help others. She has always had a calling on her heart to help women in need.
Dawn has experience working with children with special needs in their homes, as well as daycare experience through her church. She is excited to share her story with others in hopes of reaching the hearts of those around her.
Dawn Krause graduated with her Social Work bachelor’s degree at Tarleton State University. She plans on pursuing her Master’s Degree in the future and can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for her at Mercy House.
Sara Shelton, Client Case Manager
Sara Shelton was born into ministry on the mission field in Papua New Guinea. She helped her parents minister by teaching children’s classes, sharing the gospel, helping moms with their babies when they were in Bible classes and even went on patrol with her dad in the villages.
When she was 16, her family moved to Searcy, Arkansas where she met her then-future husband in the youth group at church. They started dating their senior year and were married at 19. They have three boys that are now 19, 17 and 13. This December, they will be married 23 years.
Sara graduated from Harding University with a Bachelor’s in Special and General Education. She obtained her Master’s degree in Special Education from Arkansas University and is currently taking graduate classes towards a Master’s in counseling through Liberty University. Sara has taught Special Education for 15 years affording her many opportunities to work with children and their families.
She has served women and children in multiple ministries by teaching ladies’ classes, serving with children and students, counseling and mentoring women and couples in crisis, and in outreach ministry to the homeless.
Sara and her husband have had some major struggles in their marriage. One of the places they sought help was through Celebrate Recovery at their church. They embraced the program, finding enormous healing individually and as a couple while seeking God and His will in their marriage and lives. Sara has been involved in leading and mentoring women in crisis through Celebrate Recovery for 13 years.
Sara joined the Mercy House Ministry team as our Client Care Manager. She loves the ample opportunities to pour into the lives of the women in our care. She loves to see joy restored in their lives as they learn to care for themselves and their beautiful babies.
Loraine Newsome, Family Support Specialist
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.
Brianna Mackey, Volunteer Coordinator
Brianna Mackey has spent the last ten years preparing for and shaping her heart for this role at Mercy House. In 2010, after a tumultuous start, she found herself a single mother to a beautiful little girl. She was blessed to have the support of her parents and church family and was able to finish her degree. The adage is right, it takes a village and she would not be where she is today without the support of those around her. She is now blessed to be the wife of an incredible man and mother to two beautiful girls.
Brianna is a native-born Texan and has spent almost her entire life in the Dallas/ Fort Worth area. Her heart lies in local ministry and reaching out to those closest to home. Over the last 15 years, she has volunteered with her local church as youth leader, with the single mom’s ministry and as a trained sexual assault advocate. Unknowingly, He was preparing her for what He had next.
This past year, God revealed his plan for her when she volunteered to help at a church serve day and God brought her to the door of Mercy House at just the perfect moment. Everything fell into place from that day, as most perfectly orchestrated plans from above do.
She is thrilled to begin this journey with the women and volunteers of Mercy House and cannot wait to see the lives that are enriched and changed by the work that is done by this crucial ministry.