The Mercy Coalition brings together caring volunteers from around West Sacramento’s faith community to engage with, and on behalf of, our city’s homeless and underserved. These are some of the ways in which we accomplish these ends:
Daily Lunch Program: Every weekday of the year, Coalition partners come together to provide a give-away bag lunch to the homeless in our community. Learn more about how we do it.
Distribution Hub: In large part because our Daily Lunch Program puts us in contact with the homeless community continuously, we are able to facilitate distribution of jackets, socks, toiletries, tarps, and other resources useful to our friends. We are also able to receive furniture donations and get those items distributed to families in need, including formerly homeless families settling into new or transitional housing.
Emergency help: We don’t want any homeless families, in particular, to be without food or shelter when they need it. Our hotel voucher program allows us to get a family with children off the street immediately, until a connection with longer-term shelter can be arranged. We have also begun work with the faith houses of West Sacramento to explore the feasibility of an emergency weather shelter network in our city.
Collaboration: With our ever-growing volunteer ranks from the faith community, the Coalition is able to mobilize teams to collaborate with government and service providers. One example of this was the MercyCo’s role in the Bridge To Housing initiative of 2014, in which Yolo County, the City of West Sacramento and numerous agencies combined resources to help 70 riverside homeless persons be relocated to transitional housing and ultimately, for a great many, permanent housing. We continue to work with local food banks, law enforcement, city and county officials, and other service providers to help create a net of care and resources around our homeless and underprivileged.
Special Outreach Events: Whether it’s a health faire in a local parking lot or our annual Winter Warmup event during the Christmas holidays, MercyCo volunteers coordinate outreach events to reach and benefit the homeless.
Advocacy: We look for opportunities to further the opportunities and resources for all homeless and underserved persons in West Sacramento. Our hope is to be a voice for them at public meetings and with policy-makers in our community.