Homeless Pedalers

Mercy Pedalers aren’t the only ones pedaling the streets of Sacramento. Many of the homeless people Mercy Pedalers encounter are on bicycles. For the homeless, the bicycle is a primary mode of transportation. It is also often a lifeline for those in need. A bike […]

Rough Sleepers: Homelessness in France

There are no Mercy Pedalers in France, but there should be.  Earlier this year Paris conducted the city’s first ever Nuit de Solidarite (Night of Solidarity), 1,700 volunteers and 300 Paris officials found that at least 3,000 people were “sleeping rough” on the streets and […]

A Simple Act of Kindness

As a Mercy Peddler, I have learned this:  in Second City a simple act of kindness means a lot.  Second City is what I call Sacramento’s homeless community. Thousands of homeless men, women and children have no permanent place to sleep. Being homeless and alone […]

Meet Mercy Pedaler Richard Hernandez

Mercy Pedaler Richard Hernandez greets all the homeless people he meets with a friendly, “Hi! I’m Richard,” and a warm smile.  As Richard puts it, “It is an honor to meet so many men and women who want to feel valued and appreciated.  By peddling […]

Just ask Sister Libby…

Erika D. Smith, Sacramento Bee “Editorial” (November 26, 2017), “The secret to bringing homeless people in from the cold?  Just ask Sister Libby”  See        

A holiday story: Melanie and Darrell

  I’m a Mercy Pedaler.  It’s a cold Friday morning before Thanksgiving and I am doing my dawn patrol in Midtown.  Not much stirs in Midtown at 6:30 a.m.  It’s mostly coffee shops, a few early hair appointments and the homeless.  The sun is just […]

Mercy Pedalers Offer Coffee and Compassion

As Sister Libby often puts it, “I found being present in the moment, sharing a cup of coffee together, and calling the person by name are the most important gifts one can offer to the homeless.”  The following article about Sister Libby and Sacramento’s Mercy Pedalers […]

The Ghost of Ebo

  I met Ebo a few weeks back on one of my Mercy Pedaler “dawn patrols” in Midtown.  Ebo is homeless, but he lives in a world of street art.   He resides in what can only be described as alley housing, i.e., behind a […]

Meet Mercy Pedaler Katy Sanders, Wagonmaster

  Not all Mercy Pedalers pedal.  On Friday mornings you will find Mercy Pedaler Katy Sanders pulling her wagon around Cesar Chavez park in downtown Sacramento, across the street from City Hall.  The park is a small square block area where many homeless sleep the […]