Serving the terminally  ill  homeless


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. He is also donating a bottle of olive oil to each Joshua’s House donor who makes a gift of $500 or more. Watch video for details.

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.

Pancreatic cancer took Jamie Murphy’s life on Aug. 14, 2018. But not without a leaving behind a legacy of empathy — that the most vulnerable should die with dignity and respect.Murphy was a passionate advocate for Joshua’s House, which is slated to become the first homeless hospice center in the West Coast and one of only a handful in the country. 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.


We begin with David Whitworth who was recently attacked and left paralyzed on one side of his body. Ironically, he can get in-home care, except for the fact that he has no home. As you’ll see in this video, he gets very emotional about issues that affect all human beings. He accepts death and dying as a natural process, but makes a heartfelt plea to viewers to show compassion to people who have no where to go when their time is up.

Featuring: David Whitworth Produced

by Ted Fong Recorded May 2018

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.

James held senior management jobs at several high tech companies. Later he even managed a ski school. He was well off and enjoying life.


Featuring: James Fitzhugh Produced

by Ted Fong Recorded May 2018

Joshua’s House presents “Street Talk with Michelle Mott,” a new series that gives voice to people living on the streets of Sacramento. In this episode, Michelle meets four people in Cesar Chavez park and talks to them about their health issues. One of them had a heart attack at the train station and couldn’t get help. All of them think about death and dying regularly. Thank you for watching.

Featuring: Michelle Mott Produced

by Ted Fong Recorded May 2018

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. He came back to Sacramento where he plans to live out his final days. Marlene met up with Johnny in McKinley Park to talk about his journey and his special contribution to Joshua’s House.


Featuring: Johnny Gay Produced 

by Ted Fong Recorded Aug  2018


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The Health Communication Research Institute, Inc. is a nonprofit established in 1989 with a commitment to reduce health disparities through community-based research and program development. In 2015, HCRI, Inc. narrowed its focus to better understanding the healthcare needs of the homeless population; developing programs to address those needs; and creating Joshua’s House, a hospice house for the terminally ill homeless.

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