Located in the Great Central Valley, Sacramento, CA, is the state capital and nicknamed the City of Trees. Situated at the confluence of two beautiful rivers, this city provides easy access to many other delightful attractions. San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, and Yosemite are all close by! The climate in Sacramento ranges from mild winters to gorgeous springs, hot summers, and amazing falls with trees of many colors. The Mercy Volunteers live in a Victorian era home in Midtown, Sacramento, which is close to the service sites, restaurants, art galleries, boutiques, and the capital. Public transportation is available and biking is also a very popular mode of transportation.
Transportation: public and bikes
Number of Volunteers: 5
Service Site Descriptions
Mission: Cottage Housing offers safe and affordable housing to homeless individuals and families and equips its participants with the tools and life skills necessary to rebuild their lives, their families and their place in the community.
Cottage Housing Inc. has established a unique, home-grown solution to Sacramento’s homeless dilemma, by managing two healing residential communities – Quinn Cottages, primarily for single adults, and Serna Village, a large family facility. The staff of personal development coaches, counsel and assist program participants in their personal development, including confronting drug and alcohol addictions, behaviors management, job training and applications, education, family reunification, personal finance and other skills required to move to self-sustainability. Two volunteers are needed to serve – one at Quinn Cottages and one at Serna Village – as personal development coaches, encouraging participants to accomplish personal goals and life skills.
Sacramento Loaves & Fishes
Mission: In an environment of welcome, hospitality, safety and cleanliness, we seek to provide an oasis for homeless men, women, and children seeking survival services.
Loaves & Fishes serves those who are poor and homeless in the Sacramento community by offering 14 main programs (Dining Room, Friendship Park, Jail Visitation, etc.). A volunteer is needed to serve at Maryhouse, a daytime hospitality and resource center for homeless women and children, offering individual case management, information and referrals, assistance in securing emergency housing, mail services, and assistance in basic hygiene and food necessities.
A second volunteer is needed to serve as a Service Center Coordinator in Friendship Park helping staff and other volunteers provide survival services to the very poor and homeless of Sacramento, meeting needs both physical and spiritual. Duties would include but not be limited to overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Service Center including coordinating volunteer schedules, staying up to date on local resources, creating resource materials for guests and volunteers, being a liaison with the larger Sacramento community, assisting in planning and executing special events and covering other positions as necessary.
Mercy Housing California
Mission: To create stable, vibrant and healthy communities by developing, financing and operating affordable, program-enriched housing for families, seniors and people with special needs who lack the economic resources to access quality, safe housing opportunities.
Mercy Housing provides programs which focus on the design, construction, rehabilitation, and management of affordable housing for low- and very low-income families, seniors, and individuals with special needs. Residents need assistance in accessing mainstream resources, maintaining housing stability, and achieving personal goals. A volunteer is needed as a resident services coordinator for the ArdenAire property, facilitating and implementing programs that will address residents’ needs, engaging community partners to assist in meeting these needs, and advocating for residents.