by Marlene M. Fitzwater

Once again, the Health Communication Research Institute, Inc. (Joshua’s House) participated in the annual United Way campaign by staffing a table at the CalSTRS Nonprofit Outreach Program event on Thursday, October 19.

This annual event provides an opportunity for CalSTRS employees to learn about approved nonprofits and consider donating to the causes.

Chris A Ederman, D.Min., Director, the Center for Loss & Hope and Joshua’s House; Angela “Angie” Strawn, EdD, MSN, RN, Joshua’s House Board member in charge of Educational Agreements; and Barbara Fitzwater, MPA, CVA, Joshua’s House Board member in charge of Volunteer Services staffed Joshua’s House table and answered questions from CalSTRS employees.

“Someone dies on the street several times a week in Sacramento. Joshua’s House is a creative and compassionate way you can help people who otherwise would die alone and on the streets. We had many good discussions on how CalSTRS employees could support our work or receive information about the program,” Strawn said.

“As I walked around all the displays and learned about most of the organizations there, I made a point of telling them about JHVH. Most had never heard of us, but all acknowledged that the unhoused deserve to die with dignity and the care of others. It was a great learning experience for everyone; there are so many awesome organizations serving our community,” Fitzwater said.