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Mercy House Ministries offering hope and help for single pregnant women

Sara Shelton, Client Case Manager, Mercy House MinistriesSara 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, 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.