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.

Dec. 13, 2018

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.

Nov. 15, 2018

ABC News10’s Michael Anthony Adam’s story on homeless and dying cancer patient Jamie Murphy set off a flurry discussion online. It came just days before Sacramento City Council voted to uphold the Planning Commission’s decision to approval our conditional use permit. Jamie himself gave a chilling testimony at that meeting. Mr. Adams also interviewed Marlene for this story. We would like to thank Mr. Adam’s for his timely coverage. Read article by Michael Anthony Adams.
June 1, 2018

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.

May 8th, 2018

On April 12, 2018, the City Planning Commission unanimously approved the Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to convert an empty warehouse at 1501 North C Street to Joshua’s House. Individual City Commissioners added comments following the vote including “This is the most noble project ever brought before us,” and “you are to be commended for addressing this significant issue.”
Apr. 12, 2018
CBS13 Sacramento broadcasted this story about Joshua’s House on February 21. Special thanks to reporter Angela Musallam and to John Gay for his interview.
Feb. 21, 2018
“The Sacramento facility is named after her 34-year-old grandson who died in 2014 while homeless in Nebraska. ‘When he was clean and sober, we would talk a lot about what his purpose was in life. He wanted to help those he saw on the street who were sick, dying and had no one to care for them,’ she explained. ‘So this is in his memory. It’s a tribute to his compassion and his love for others. This is something I feel very much guided by him.'”
 December 19, 2017
NBC News 3  ‘“Everybody should have that opportunity to die with respect, dignity and love,” she said. “These are people with heart disease, cancer, AIDS — whatever serious terminal illness — that otherwise would be on the street, and die on the street.”’
December 3, 2017 caring for terminally ill homeless people, she says, “Everyone has a different … This month’s Inside the Grid takes a look about this special place, Joshua’s …. my time working, but I was working for a temporaryservice a day-labor company.
Oct 17, 2017

According to the recent 2016 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress on a single night in 2016, over half a million people were experiencing homelessness in the United States of America.

Sept. 6th, 2017