Hands Of Mercy Everywhere

A Christian Home for Teenage girls, Teen Mothers and their Babies

In 2004, while participating in a Bible study focused around The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren, Diane learned about Hands of Mercy Everywhere, Inc. from a close friend from church, who encouraged Diane to attend one of their first Board meetings. Diane was offered the position of executive director and she accepted. At this point, God’s purpose for her was clear, and to this day, she is continuing to serve His purpose. In 2006 Diane founded the second maternity home known as the Hope house.

With two side by side homes, “Faith” and “Hope House,” Diane and her staff has created loving homes that provide a clean, organized, safe, and spiritually driven environment where teens have a chance to be teens and also have the support they need to be confident young mothers. She continues to upgrade the campus with a comforting style. The funding for this home comes from federal, state and local grants. 

In 2012, Hands of Mercy Everywhere was awarded $998,000 to build a new home with 8 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. Support also comes from churches, private donations, businesses, clubs and organizations. 

Diane’s hard work and dedication to this cause, which has become her passion, has been recognized by the governor and she was appointed to the Independent Living Services Advisory Council in Tallahassee, Florida. She also serves the board of directors for the Florida Children's Coalition. Additionally, she is a founding member of the Statewide Coalition for Pregnant and Parenting Teens in Foster Care. Diane’s work does not stop there. She is currently developing programs for interns with the University of Florida and working on a National Social Policy study for teen mothers in foster care. In 2014 Diane was honored by Marion County Children's Alliance with "The Children's Champion Award". Although being recognized is appreciated, her greatest reward is the success and growth she sees through the teen mothers (and sometimes fathers) who are touched by Hands of Mercy Everywhere. 

Diane believes in Hands of Mercy Everywhere and their mission and believes every teen mom should have access to education and childcare while a teen mother and beyond. Diane wants pregnant or teen moms to know they can have hopes and dreams for themselves and their children. Through guidance from above she has made an incredible impact on young lives. 

Just as Diane is a dedicated spouse, mother, and grandmother, her dedication to her work is just as strong. She has helped build healthy families in the community by providing love and support to young mothers, and she serves as a great role model to all that surround her. 

The oldest of eight siblings, Diane V. Schofield was born in Brooklyn, New York. At the age of six, her family moved to Miami, Florida and then established themselves in Hollywood, Florida. Diane attended Madonna Academy Catholic Preparatory School and then went on to Broward Community College, the University of Florida and Columbia for her bachelor’s degree. Diane loves the challenge of higher education and looks forward to finishing her MBA next summer. 

Diane has been happily married to Vince Schofield since 1974. They moved to Ocala in 1980 with their three children; Vinnie, Danny and Patrice and have a family construction business on Baseline Road. All of their children are married and they love spending time with their five grandchildren. 

After living in Ocala for 30 years, Diane decided to take a break from the hectic world of being a wedding coordinator and go back to school to get her MBA from Columbia. Unbeknownst to Diane, God had a different plan for her life.