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Academic Achievement

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.


Career & Vocational Training

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.


Family Environment

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.


Psychological, Social & Spiritual Support

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.


Transition to Independent Living

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.



Family Reunification

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.