As we reflect on the journey since our project began, and we prepare for announcing our next major step toward opening, we cannot let any more time pass without properly thanking the legal team that has been such an immense help, and instrumental in getting us to this point. The Thomas Law Group, founded by Tina Thomas, and an esteemed Sacramento firm, has been a huge part of our process since nearly day one.
Tina, known for her dedication to community and improving it, has a long history of working with local nonprofits on a pro bono basis. Organizations such as Music on a Mission Foundation, Avondale Glen Elder Neighborhood Association, the Washington Neighborhood Center, and most notably, Sacramento’s Loaves and Fishes, have received countless hours of free counsel that has saved them money and allowed them to stay on course to operate positively within the parameters of city & state laws.
Early on in planning for Joshua’s House Hospice, Nick Avdis, Of Counsel at Thomas Law Group, reached out to our Executive Director, Marlene von Friederichs-Fitzwater, to offer assistance at Tina’s request. It was then that a strong business relationship began. Nick was (and is) determined to do whatever possible to facilitate the opening of our hospice. “Joshua’s House Hospice is absolutely needed,” he says. “It’s a shame and shock that there is nothing yet like it!”
Nick’s work began initially to process a use permit for the C Street building so that it could become a residential facility. This included negotiations with the previous owner and the city. Unfortunately, there were many obstacles during the process but he, along with other important partners in the effort, was able to wade through. Nick expresses much gratitude to local engineering firm, Wood Rodgers, Inc., for providing structural engineering, civil engineering, and planning services – also pro bono. ENGEO, a firm of geotechnical reporting engineers also contributed much, free of charge, to this initial phase of setting the foundation for Joshua’s House Hospice. We cannot express our thanks enough to Tina, Nick, and all of these wonderful firms who are dedicated to serving their community by assisting us in this way.
As you may know, in 2020 for a variety of reasons, it was determined that the C Street property would ultimately not work for our purposes. Since then, the building has been sold (again with Nick’s counsel) and we have been in discussions with health systems about the option of creating satellite properties, also with the city to weigh in on alternatives. Currently we’re moving toward a plan that we feel is an exciting and very viable one. And we hope to make an announcement soon about this. Please stay tuned!
Needless to say, we are so grateful for the Thomas Law Group, and our local partners that have gone above and beyond to give of their time and expertise. It is humbling as well to know that individuals such as Nick believe in or mission and share our core belief that dying with dignity should be a right for all. Nick’s sentiment is so appreciated, “I was drawn to this cause because it’s really the most basic. It’s an issue that continues to plague society…how to provide for those who don’t have.”
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