Serving the terminally ill homeless
BOARD MEMBER PROFILE: SISTER LIBBY FERNANDEZ
“The poor need help today, not next week.” Catherine McCauley, founder of the Sisters of Mercy
For Sister Libby, Mercy Pedalers is a ministry of presence: “I found being present in the moment, sharing a cup of coffee together, and calling the person by name are the most important gifts one can offer.” It is a simple concept. Build trust and relationships in the homeless community. Once trust is established and the individual has a sense of his or her own dignity and worth, then the next step is to build on the relationship and offer resources that may help the individual get off the street. In less than a year, the number of Mercy Pedalers has grown to approximately 50 volunteer cyclists.
Sister Libby says, “I have seen too many men and women suffering and dying alone on the streets. Joshua’s House will bring comfort, love and companionship along their journey of life to death.”