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Silvia gets housing

One of my Mercy Pedalers’ projects for the New Year was to track Silvia, who is homeless and can often be found pushing a cart along K Street.  Sister Libby informed me last night that its is likely that Silvia will soon get housing.  Kudos!  […]

About loneliness

Mercy Pedalers know homelessness is synonymous with isolation and loneliness.  Loneliness makes people sick. One recent study found that loneliness shortens a person’s life by 15 years.  Other studies have found connections between loneliness and a wide range of health problems, including increased risk for […]

Moving Day

For many of Sacramento’s homeless each and every day is moving day. His name is Robert and he is what is known in Europe as a “rough sleeper”.  That is, he is one who sleeps on the street or city benches, in doorways, under awnings, […]

Mercy Pedaler New Year Resolution

This year I’m going to track Silvia.  She speaks little English.  I speak little Spanish.  However, it doesn’t take much to add something to her day: a cup of coffee, a few kind words, a soft granola bar…  Life on the streets is hard, especially […]

Hope, Humanity & Housing: Life on Sacramento streets

Sister Libby and Mercy Pedalers featured in KCRA’s special Hope, Humanity & Housing: Life on Sacramento Streets https://www.kcra.com/article/hope-humanity-and-housing-life-on-sacramento-streets-homeless/25564618      

Mercy Pedaler Gale Filter shares experience at US-Mexico Border

I recently returned from an Encounter Church mission to Tijuana. On three separate occasions I spent time at the Caravan migrant camp. Here is the KCRA video on my experience. https://www.kcra.com/article/sacramento-homeless-advocate-shares-his-experience-at-us-mexico-border/25597309  

Where it is ok to talk trash

The Mercy Pedalers’ mission is a simple one:  to be present by reaching out to men and women experiencing homelessness on the streets.   It is all about making relationships.  As Sister Libby says,  “When you can meet someone eye-to-eye, they feel like they’re worthy. […]