“I don’t mean to cry. But I can’t help it.”: How the Winter Warming Centers are affecting the city

“I have never felt so cared-for in my whole life.” It was Eugene’s birthday recently. There were barbecued ribs, courtesy of a volunteer meals team. There were ice cream sundaes. There were 14 guests and a half-dozen host volunteers around the family table, and there was laughter, and fellowship, and food, and warmth. Later on Read More …

Breakthrough: Winter Warming Centers Make Their Debut on Dec. 2

Now we’ve got a ballgame. With approval from the Yolo County Board of Supervisors and the West Sacramento City Council this week, the Mercy Coalition’s Winter Warming Centers pilot program was formally green-lighted for 2018-19.  The program begins Dec. 2, initially utilizing five different church sites to provide overnight shelter for up to 20 homeless Read More …

“This Is the Moment”: Coalition Poised for Winter Warming Centers Pilot Program

For decades, winter storms and dropping temperatures in West Sacramento have brought deep concern for  the city’s homeless population.  Numerous sheltering efforts have been begun and ultimately waylaid, abandoned, found to be too cost-prohibitive, or entangled in zoning or neighborhood opposition. In 2018-19, the Mercy Coalition’s churches and partners are on the threshold of what Read More …

5 Years, 60,000 Lunches … and Counting

Congratulations to our incredible lunch crews, who have now provided a free lunch to the homeless every single weekday for five years!   That’s multiple churches teaming together to provide over 60,000 lunches (as well as jackets, socks, books, and even toys for children as available). “I love working with our people so much,” said Read More …

Rockin’ the City of Mercy!

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 Read More …

That’s 50 more pounds of food … a day!

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, Read More …

Our Online Giving Portal Is Open!

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 Read More …