Listen: Founder and CEO of Joshua’s House Hospice, Marlene Von Friedrichs-Fitzwater.
Joshua’s House will be the first homeless hospice facility on the West Coast, and is set to open in downtown Sacramento in early Spring of 2020. Marlene started the Joshua’s House project 3 years ago after the loss of her grandson, who was homeless, and then personally experiencing a fight against cancer. She realized the need for a place in Sacramento that would care for terminally ill homeless patients with respect and love during their end days.
FUNDRAISER AT SACRAMENTO MASONIC TEMPLE TO BENEFIT JOSHUA’S HOUSE AND SPONSORS ARE STILL NEEDED:
Sip, Savor, and Sway Gala Event Sacramento Masonic Temple, 1123 J Street, Sacramento, CA – Saturday, December 7th, 2019 – 6:00 pm Imagine being homeless and subject to varying outdoor temperatures, rain, and even the theft of your personal belongings. Then imagine at the same time, facing the challenge of dealing with a terminal illness. Whether it be cancer or even heart failure, you are on the streets and your greatest fear is dying alone. The good news is that there will be a change soon in Sacramento! Joshua’s House will open as a hospice to house 20 terminally ill homeless residents. Each individual will be loved, respected, and provided with high quality hospice care in a home-like setting with meals, clothing, companionship and art & music therapy. Joshua’s House will be the first homeless hospice on the West Coast and the seventh in the country, and we cannot wait for its opening in early Spring 2020! We are inviting the public to join us in celebrating this incredible project, to fundraise, and to honor those who have paved the way to this point. “Sip, Savor, and Sway” on Saturday, December 7th from 6:00-10:00pm, is Sacramento’s only Prohibition-Era themed fundraiser, and in keeping with the era the event will be held at the historic Sacramento Masonic Temple. It promises to be a roaring good time featuring delicious food, along with era-specific cocktails, wine, beers, and artisan spirits. Highlights of the night will undoubtedly be: • Entertainment provided by the Symphonia Phonotone Orchestra, RSVP Choir, and dance music of the 20s, 30s, and early 40s. • Master of Ceremonies, Rob Stewart, of KVIE’s “Rob on the Road.” • Recognition and honor of local supporters of the Joshua’s House project to include Congresswoman Doris Matsui, Mayor Darrell Steinberg, and District 3 City Council member Jeff Harris. Also partners such as Rotary Club of Sacramento, Rotary Club of Midtown, and the Rotary Club of Elk Grove. Sponsorship information available at: https://joshuashousehospice.org/gala-event/ Tickets on sale for $150 per person at https://health-communication-research-instituteinc.networkforgood.com/events/13852-sip-savor-sway