Silvia gets housing

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      

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.  

Hope, Humanity & Housing: Sacramento Mercy Pedalers deliver simple solutions

Mercy Pedalers began one year ago. In that time the nonprofit has grown into more than 50 volunteers. The nonprofit’s founder, Sister Libby Fernandez, has spent the past quarter century helping those surviving with very little in Sacramento. Sister Libby led Loaves and Fishes before […]

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. […]