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2,500 Miles
Of Hope

Bob Mullarkey is no ordinary senior. At age 62, he walked 25 miles a day for 100 days in 2021 to raise money for Mercy Housing California and bring attention to our state’s homelessness crisis. 

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“I’m glad I had the time to pray and think about the plight of the poor and homeless. It’s in giving that we receive. I know I have given over the years, but I’ve received tenfold."

 

— Bob Mullarkey,
Mercy Housing Donor

 

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In the end, Bob’s walk-a-thon spanned 2,500 miles and raised over $100,000, but his greatest gift of all may be the new champions for housing justice he inspired along the way. More than 60 friends, family members, and even strangers who passed Bob on the trail were compelled to donate to Mercy Housing California after hearing his story.

Every morning for 100 days, Bob set off before sunrise from his home in the foothills of Mount Diablo in Walnut Creek, and walked up the trail leading to the mountain. The trek took him 8.5 hours daily, but as he’s quick to emphasize, “Hiking is just an end to a means. I knew I wanted to raise money for the poor and homeless. The charity I chose was Mercy Housing because they have dozens of properties throughout California to serve low-income and previously homeless people. And then to show people how invested I am in this, especially the people from whom I’m requesting donations, I decided to walk 2,500 miles.” 

Bob added, “I’m glad I had the time to pray and think about the plight of the poor and homeless. It’s in giving that we receive. I know I have given over the years, but I’ve received tenfold.” 

We offer Bob our heartfelt thanks for mobilizing dozens of new champions for housing justice. His compassion, and the generosity of the supporters he inspired, mean the world to the people who call Mercy Housing home.