Mercy Holistic Ministry (MHM) partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento for Rock the Block Community Impact Event that brought together hundreds of community volunteers to work in partnership with residents to uplift a neighborhood. The event was held from May 6 to 7 from 9:00a.m to 5:00p.m. at the Oak Park neighborhood in Sacramento. Mercy Holistic Ministry provided showers to the homeless on Saturday May 7 at St. Paul Baptist Church as part of this event. Clothing, food and social services were also provided to the homeless.

Speaking at the event, Founder of Mercy Holistic Ministry, Berhanu Kumlao said, “It is only through partnership that we can bring better solutions to the problem of homelessness. California is the epicenter of the unhoused community and there is a huge need. I believe partnering with organizations like Habitat for Humanity, we can serve better and reach out to more.”

Berhanu also affirmed that, “Serving the unhoused community is an honor for me. I believe it is the purpose I am created for and reaching out to them brings me joy.”

Mercy Holistic Ministry (MHM) is a Sacramento based non-profit organization established with a mission to serve neighbors experiencing homelessness by improving their spiritual and physical wellbeing. MHM is founded in 2008 by Berhanu Kumalo and his wife Miheret Abebe with a passion to restore and transform the lives of the homeless community in and around Sacramento by providing mobile hot showers, clothing, haircuts, food, hygiene kits and social work services. Since the start of 2021, MHM provided more than 3200 showers to the homeless in partnership with churches, government, and non-governmental organizations.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes. The organization helps families to improve their shelter by advocating for fair and just housing policies and by providing training and access to resources.

Over the past 4 years, Habitat’s focused Rock the Block efforts in Oak Park have repaired over 50 homes and impacted over 2,000 individuals through various community projects such as planting community gardens, fixing fencing at the local Jack Davis Park, and adding amenities to the local Fruit Ridge Community Collaborative.


For more information, please contact:

Mercy Holistic Ministry: Berhanu Kumalo - (916) 949-8863 ;

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento:

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Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento, a nonprofit organization that helps families build and improve places to call home, is accepting applications from April 26 – May 28, 2022. The Habitat path to homeownership begins with a multi-step approval process that ensures the program that is right for you.

Habitat for Humanity's goal is to set you up for success so you can begin building a brighter future for yourself and your family. Start your journey to homeownership by joining us on April 25th at 6pm for a virtual homeownership orientation. Sign up for the virtual orientation at

Important Dates for our Spring Homeownership Application Period

  • Read through our program requirements- available now through this link.

  • Virtual Homeownership Orientation – April 25th at 6pm (click here for the link to tune in live. Not able to tune in live? A recording will also be available through the same link until May 28th. Watching the Homeownership Orientation is mandatory to submit an application. We encourage interested applicants to read through our program requirements, watch the orientation and complete their application as early as possible)

  • Recording of Virtual Homeownership Orientation – available April 26th-May 28th through this link.

  • Application available for download – April 26th- May 28th (please note, a typical application takes roughly 20 hours to put together. We encourage families applying to begin putting their application together and turning it in as soon as possible. Before completing an application, be sure to read through our program requirements. If you any of the questions in our program requirements do not apply to your or your co-applicant, you do not qualify for this application period and your application will be denied without further review).

  • Applications for homeownership accepted – April 26th through 4pm on May 28th

  • Final day to turn in application for homeownership – 4pm on May 28th, 2022

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Mercy Holistic Ministry and St. Matthew Lutheran Church today have provided mobile bicycle repair services to 22 homeless people in downtown Sacramento while donating 15 bicycles for those in need. A mobile hot shower, food, clothing and toiletries were also given to somewhat 27 homeless people at the same spot at the 1236 C St in Sacramento.

For Berhanu Kumalo and Miheret Bune, Founders of Mercy Holistic Ministry, serving the unhoused community in Sacramento and surrounding cities is a joy and fulfillment of their vision to serve the unprivileged while sharing the good news of the gospel and Christ’s love.

Matt Molinari, Student Ministry and Outreach Coordinator at St. Matthew Lutheran Church said, “our group from St. matthew Church today was grateful for having to come here

to serve this community. It is my hope that we do this more often to share life, inspire hope for those in need.”

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