House of Mercy

House of Mercy


House of Mercy is a Des Moines-based nonprofit organization that provides a range of services addressing health, housing, child welfare, and addiction. Both adults and adolescents facing substance abuse and/or mental health disorders can access residential and outpatient care through House of Mercy’s programs. The organization also offers sober housing.


House of Mercy’s residential program, “Project Together,” exclusively serves women who may be homeless, pregnant, or parenting. The program focuses on addressing addiction and co-occurring disorders. Treatment modalities include 12-step meetings, individual therapy, group therapy, life skills and parenting education, as well as specialized interventions for trauma, abuse, and gender-specific issues. Another program, “Project Together II,” provides similar residential treatment to homeless or non-homeless women, regardless of parenting status.

Once residents stabilize and demonstrate progress in recovery and parenting skills, they can participate in the center’s self-sufficiency programming. This includes G.E.D classes, college courses, and activities that provide guidance on job readiness, employment, and money management.

“In Touch With Teens” is House of Mercy’s group living program for female adolescents under the age of 18. The program offers individual, group, and family counseling with a focus on continuing education. Job-training assistance is provided if appropriate.

The outpatient program at House of Mercy serves both adults and adolescents of both genders. Similar to the residential program, treatment addresses co-occurring mental health and behavioral disorders. All clients receive case management support and participate in a combination of individual counseling, group therapy, 12-step work, and specialized treatment groups.

Graduates of the programs have access to continuing care groups for at least a year after completing their primary treatment.


The treatment team at House of Mercy consists of certified alcohol and drug counselors, licensed mental health counselors, licensed master social workers, and master’s-level therapists.


Details about living arrangements and related amenities are not currently provided by the facility. However, two alumni surveyed by gave the facility positive ratings for accommodations and amenities.


Two former clients who were surveyed by rated House of Mercy highly for its treatment effectiveness, cleanliness, exercise offerings, and connectivity and visitor policies. One alum credited the facility with saving her life, while another emphasized the facility’s structure in helping mothers overcome addiction and become good sober parents.

On Google, the facility has an average rating of 3.3 out of five stars based on nine reviews. Some reviewers expressed dissatisfaction with treatment and pricing. On the facility’s Facebook page, there are five reviews with an average rating of 4.5 out of five stars, but no commentary is available.


House of Mercy does not explicitly state its fees and policies regarding insurance, but the website advises clients to bring information about insurance and Medicaid plans, indicating that both are accepted. One of the surveyed alumni reported that the facility offers sliding scale fees.

Services provided by House of Mercy

Service Setting

  • Outpatient
  • Residential
  • Intensive Outpatient
  • Type of Care

  • Halfway House
  • Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Treatment Approaches

  • Anger Management
  • Brief Intervention
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Contingency Managementmotivational Incentives
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Martix Model
  • Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Trauma-related Counseling
  • 12-step Facilitation
  • License/Certification/Accreditation

  • State Substance Abuse Agency
  • State Department Of Health
  • Council On Accreditation
  • Payment/Insurance/Funding Accepted

  • Medicaid
  • Payment Assistance
  • Genders Accepted

  • Male
  • Female
  • House of Mercy Reviews

    • Treatment Effectiveness
    • Accommodations & Amenities
    Offers so many different groups and resources. some staff is rude. This is a very structure facility and can help mothers that are addicts learn how to be a good sober parent.
  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
  • If you take what they have to offer and apply it how the suggest then you will have a great chance of success. This facility saved my life.