Education is the key to success, and the foundation of the Mer Hooys program. Our girls receive the
necessary assistance and tools to navigate the challenges of education in all areas including their public
school curriculum, language development, computer skills, and college preparation. Educational
professionals provide tutoring in various subjects as needed, and assist the girls with studying for
academic and college entrance exams. The girls also receive necessary school supplies.
Mer Hooys helps our girls develop long-term goals for their lives, pursuing careers and vocations that will
support them as adults. We provide job skills training, exposure to a wide variety of professions, college
preparation, and the opportunity to learn trades under the mentorship of masters in their chosen fields.
Our young women who continue their post-secondary education and careers continue to receive
educational and career support from Mer Hooys staff, as needed.
Mer Hooys provides our girls a clean, safe home, nutritious meals, and a nurturing family environment
that instills encouragement and confidence. Our girls in residence have HOPE for their futures,
and they know that, regardless of whether or not they have a suitable living parent,
they have a Mer Hooys family that will ALWAYS be there for them.
Our girls receive psychological support and counseling from a highly skilled professional staff, including
social worker, psychologist, and medical professionals on-call. The focus is on healthy development in
all areas, with therapeutic activities supported by self-development, health education, and training in the
arts and music, fitness, and sports. The girls participate in community activities, take cultural and
educational field trips to historic sites in Armenia, and receive and are exposed to spiritual and religious
training through interaction with clergy from the Mother Church and lay religious leaders.
For our older teens and graduates with no family or suitable home to which they can safely return, Mer Hooys
initiated a Transitional Program, which operates from a newly remodeled wing of the Nakashian Children’s Support Center.
The program offers practical tools for the transition to independent and self-sufficient lives. As they continue
their schooling or vocational training, these girls receive modest financial support from Mer Hooys and
personal support from our professional staff. Each girl is expected to give back to the
Mer Hooys program by tutoring the younger girls in residence.
As Armenia continues its focus on deinstitutionalization and family preservation, Mer Hooys strives to
reunify program participants with their families when possible, providing family location services and
family counseling. Our professional staff works with these families on their plans to support their girls’
continuing education, psychological and spiritual health and well-being. The reunified families continue
to receive support from Mer Hooys staff as needed for one year following reunification. Furthering our
goal of family preservation and reunification where appropriate, Mer Hooys strives to admit
sisters to the program, and provide families of program participants professional
counseling and, where possible, assistance in finding work.