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firstly buy a replacement and then go looking for it on your van they are not terribly difficult to change once you take the tension off the belt . it simply unbolts and put the new one on . reposition belt and you have it . buying a repair manual might also help you .
What I would do is take a look at parts for your engine on the advance or autozone websites. Note that you can buy a new tensioner pulley OR a new tensioner assembly. What a lot of folks do is assume the bearing is bad on the pulley so they just replace the pulley. In reality the spring in the tensioner assembly has weakened with age and hence the whole belt is flopping around. The labor to replace either is the same, loosen and remove the belt, unbolt the assembly, bolt in new one put the belt back on and you are good to go. If the belt continues to come off you need to look elsewhere so I would give every pulley a good tug while the belt is off.
They will have to replace the clutch as there is no adjustment it is operated via a hydraulic system,Make sure the timing belt and balance belt have been replaced as service spec.
I am a retired Mitsubishi Technician and the 2.5 D engine is one of the best just bear in mind the timing belts.
Sounds like you are correct and the timing belt is worn. To replace the belt will cost you around $200. The Mercury Mystic and Ford Contour clone are very unreliable vehicles and my advise is to walk away. There are much better cars that you can buy in this price range.
The Corolla's has a hydralic belt tensioner. When you replace the serp belt you need to buy a factory Toyota belt. The reason why the after-market reproduction belts are slightly long or short. This
will either cause a squeaky belt problem or a over adjusted belt condition which could burn up one of your engines accessories (p/s pump, alt. etc.)
You may have to buy a new belt because that one may have stretches. After you buy a new belt. Look at he alternator, it has two screws, one hold it in place and the other allow it ti move. Lose both a little. With a pry bar push the alternator so the belt can fit. Look for the belt routing diagram in the engine compartment. Follow it and put the belt on. You were suppose to have a belt tension tool to determine the tension. Then use your pry bar to move the alternator to position and tension then tightened alternator screws.