Located in the Great Central Valley, Sacramento 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: 3
Service Site Descriptions
Mission: To provide housing and services for homeless families and individuals in an environment which builds community and fosters resident involvement in their transition from the streets to self-sustainability.
Cottage Housing 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. They offer a multitude of services and programs such as counseling, financial literacy instruction, access to employment information and skill building workshops, nutrition and healthy eating education parenting classes, and recovery groups. Their offerings are based on an innovative approach to intervention and following a method that is participation-driven, solution-focused and strength-based. A volunteer is needed to serve as a personal development coach, fostering relationships with and assisting the residents in setting and implementing personal goals and implementing workshops directed to the needs of the Cottage Housing community.
Sacramento Loaves & Fishes
Mission: To provide an oasis for homeless men, women, and children seeking survival services in an environment of welcome, hospitality, safety and cleanliness.
Sacramento Loaves & Fishes offers 16 programs and services to people experiencing homelessness in the community. Loaves & Fishes recognizes the dignity and spiritual destiny of each person with the hope that through their attitude of radical love, they can nourish not just the physical needs of those who seek services, but also their human need for acceptance, respect, and friendship. A volunteer is needed to serve at Maryhouse, a daytime hospitality and resource center for homeless women and children, offering individual case management, assistance in securing emergency housing, mail services, and assistance in basic hygiene and food necessities. A second volunteer is needed to serve as the service center coordinator at Friendship Park, including visiting with the guests, assessing needs, distributing meal tickets, and coordinating access to survival supplies.
REFLECTIONS FROM VOLUNTEERS WHO SERVED IN SACRAMENTO
Biking with God It’s 7:50am and I take a right onto 19th…