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City Description

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.

Housing: house
Transportation: public and bikes
Number of Volunteers: 4

Service Site Descriptions

Site Details

Cottage Housing

Mission: To offer safe and affordable housing to homeless individuals and families and equip 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, creatively engage and establish relationships with program participants to counsel and assist 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. A volunteer is needed to serve at both Quinn Cottages and Serna Village – as a personal development coach, encouraging participants through a variety of creative approaches to accomplish personal goals and life skills.


Skills: Social Work. Personal Development and Life Skills Coach, Education and Behavioral Management, Homeless Outreach

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.

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.

Skills: Social Work, Case Management, Life Skills Coach, Hospitality, Relationship Builder, Emergency Services

Cristo Rey Sacramento

Mission: To transform lives by providing a Catholic, college preparatory education and professional work experience to high school students with limited financial resources, rooted in the traditions of the Sisters of Mercy and the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).

Cristo Rey High School provides a quality private education along with work-study experience to students from low-income families, thus empowering them to overcome economic barriers and achieve success. Most students represent the first generation in their families to graduate from high school. A volunteer will serve as a student activities and campus ministry assistant. Duties would include some combination of the following based on the interest of the volunteer and needs of the site: tutoring and coordinating other tutors; assisting campus ministry with retreats, liturgies and service programs; assisting students with college applications and visits to local college campuses; supervising students who have on-campus work sites and transporting other students to off-campus work study sites.

Skills: Education, Campus Ministry, Counseling, Youth Development


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