The City of Mercy is moving uptown! This year we’ll be hosting our annual fundraising dinner at the West Sacramento City Hall Galleria, with great food, great music, and a grateful salute to the compassionate spirit that makes our city such a wonderful place to live and serve!
A huge thank you to all our guests, partners, and contributors at our inaugural City of Mercy Dinner! The Collings Teen Center rocked with West Sacramento’s incredible spirit of can-do, and the result was a big push forward in caring for the homeless and poor in our community.
If you missed out on Chef Brett Stockdale’s sterling four-course meal … or on the impromptu Tom Petty tribute set from musical guests21B … or on the unveiling of the 1st Annual Steve Kruse Spirit of Mercy Award … or on the outstanding table service rendered by teen volunteers from around the faith community …
… well, at least you don’t have to miss out on contributing to all the great initiatives caring for the homeless and poor in West Sacramento. Remember that you can text a donation – like right now! – at (916) 226-5103, or go the donate button on this website!
Back up the truck, folks. The Mercy Coalition this month was accepted as a partner in the Yolo Food Bank’s Grocery Recovery program, an award that will make available 50 additional pounds of food every weekday for the Coalition to distribute to West Sacramento’s homeless and poor.
The 50 pounds of daily food, mostly perishable, will be made available each day from our friends at Raley’s (right across the street from where Coalition teams assemble lunches for the homeless every day at the Collings Teen Center). It dramatically expands the amount and quality of food that the West Sacramento faith community is able to move to those who need it.
“We’ve served almost 50,000 lunches over the last four years on a pretty shoestring budget,,” said Coalition board member Bonnie Dighton. “This grant from the Food Bank is 50 pounds of food a day that we can immediately take right out to the people. Yolo Food Bank, you rock!”
Now you can help care for West Sacramento’s homeless with the click of a button. The Coalition’s online giving portal opened in January 2017, and with it you can give a one-time gift, schedule regular gifts, or direct funds to a specific campaign, such as our funding of emergency hotel nights.
The need for resources is greater than ever. We hope you’ll consider supporting the Coalition’s important work in meeting that need.
For the third straight December, West Sac churches and community members hosted a special holiday meal and resource event for the homeless and the underprivileged in our community. The Winter Warmup brought volunteers of all ages from around the city, and gave away scores of jackets, tarps, beanies, gloves, scarves, and Christmas stockings full of goodies and food gift cards.
The Yolo Community Foundation has honored the Mercy Coalition with a 2016 Philanthropy Award, in recognition of its Daily Lunch Program that has more than 1,000 meals a month to West Sacramentans.
The Coalition’s lunch distribution occurs each weekday at the site of the Yolo County Heath & Human Services offices, at 500 Jefferson Blvd. The award acknowledged the donation of the food product as well as “the dedication and the hard work of the volunteers who collaborate to put this all together.”
Thank you, Yolo Community Foundation … and thank you, Coalition friends and volunteers!
After more than three years of serving together on a heartfelt handshake, the Coalition formalized as a 501(c)3 nonprofit in the fall of 2016. We’re excited about what this can mean for our broadening service and advocacy efforts and our ability to collect tax-deductible donations to serve the homeless and marginalized in our city.
The NPO status also puts in a stronger collaborative position with our numerous partners, and partners we’ve yet to meet. Meet our first board of directors!