A head iconAbout Mercy Pedalers


Mercy Pedalers are bicyclers and tricyclers reaching out to men and women experiencing homelessness on the streets. It is a ministry of presence and action based on the “Works of Mercy” and emphasizing “Welcoming the Stranger”.


Mercy Pedalers believe that by welcoming and reaching out to men and women experiencing homelessness on the streets with a sense of dignity, respect and love that God’s mercy will be present. The philosophy of “Welcoming the Stranger” is one of the Corporal Works of Mercy which has evolved over thousands of years deriving from the Gospel of Matthew 25:31-40—

For I was hungry and you gave me food

I was thirsty and you gave me drink

I was a stranger and you welcomed me

I was naked and you clothed me

I was sick and you cared for me

I was in prison and you visited me

When we “Welcome the Stranger” we bring our openness to be and grow in relationship with the other. We approach someone’s space, or allow someone to enter our space, in a non-judgmental, warm and hospitable manner. We become present to each other, share our thoughts and concerns, and enjoy a comfortable cup of coffee or a cool glass of water. By our presence together, God’s mercy will be revealed.

Advisory Board:

Sister Libby Fernandez, Sister of Mercy, Director of Mercy Pedalers

Dorothy R. Smith, Mercy Associate, Realtor

Sister Michelle Gorman, Sister of Mercy, Chaplain for the California State Senate

John McIntyre, Mercy Foundation, Philanthropy Director

John Watkins, Catholic Diocese of Sacramento, Charities Director

Jon Fish, Bishop, Interfaith Council of Greater Sacramento

Paula Lomazzi, Executive Director of Sacramento Homeless Organizing Committee (SHOC)

Cathleen Williams, Attorney, SHOC Board Member

Virginia Verla, Ceo Golden Pacific Bank

Bernadette O’Keefe, Mercy Associate, Loaves & Fishes Grant Writer

Nikky Mohanna, Western Management, Economic Development

Richard Hernandez, St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Outreach Coordinator

Linda Bratcher