We are sorry, but we can not accept clothing, hospital beds or bedding, but if you have hospice supplies in unopened packages, you can donate them. Please take unused supplies to Francis House Center, 1422 C Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 and tell them the donation is for Joshua’s House Hospice. They will store them for us until we open in the Spring of 2020. Thank you.
Twenty years ago, Jim Mayer bought land in Yolo County, CA and planted olive trees. Today, he produces the award-winning olive oil Frate Sole. But his enterprise is more than just an economic livelihood, it’s a mission. He continues to develop sustainable, organic ways of farming while making donations to Joshua’s House and organizations that help the poor.
Walk through the doors of what will be the first hospice house on the West Coast for people experiencing homelessness. Joshua’s House will open in 2019, providing a home and safe haven for people dying on the streets of Sacramento. Marlene von Friederichs-Fitzwater shares her story of devastating loss and transformational love.
As a filmmaker and storyteller, I’m always on the lookout for remarkable people. I’ve discovered that they are everywhere if you just take the time to listen. Sacramento is no different.
I had been reading the news online like I always do. It was a typical news day and all the articles seem to imitate each other. Just as I was closing the browser window, a headline caught my eye. It said something about creating a hospice for the homeless.
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Johnny Gay left Sacramento in 2001 and moved to Louisiana and Colorado in search of work. He turned to alcohol, lived on the streets, and then was diagnosed with cancer.
Just before Christmas, I met with several homeless people at Loaves & Fishes who agreed to be interviewed on camera. They told us about the physical and emotional pain of living day to day on the streets of Sacramento.
I met up with James Fitzhugh at Friendship Park on the campus of Loaves & Fishes last month. His story reinforced what I’ve known and seen for a long time: anyone can become homeless. James went from middle class to homeless very quickly.