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A Year of Relationship

Warm greetings from the Sacred Grounds coffee shop on Hayes Street just a couple blocks from the eastern edge of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California. I managed to pay for my $3.25 drink with three dollar bills, one…

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Living Unified

If you know me, you know that basketball is a huge part of my life. If you know me, you know its not because I play (because we all know that I am the un-athletic Rieker), but that it’s a…

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Welcoming Immigrants Home

Where to begin? Six months have passed, yet I feel like I just began to get the hang of things. Growing up the daughter of two immigrants and biracial, I can empathize with the feeling of existing in between; as…

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A Time To Reflect

Do you know when you go on a retreat or go on a vacation, and you try to put aside your daily struggles and troubles, and all you can do is smile and enjoy every moment? My journey with Mercy…

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Beacons of Hope

“The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that is wrong with the world.”  ― Paul Farmer My time with Mercy Volunteer Corps has produced more memories, adventures, and lessons than I ever could have imagined. My…

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