The Health Communication Research Institute, Inc.
The Health Communication Research Institute, Inc. (HCRI, Inc.), a 501, (c), 3 nonprofit corporation, was founded in 1989 with a mission to improve communication around end-of-life issues and to reduce health disparities among underserved populations, including the homeless. Since 2015, the focus of HCRI, Inc. has been to establish Joshua's House, the first hospice house for those experiencing homelessness at the end of life on the West Coast.
Joshua's House will be the first hospice program on the West Coast for those experiencing homelessness at the end of life and the 7th in the country. We will open the facility in the winter of 2018 and will initially serve 20 residents. All local hospitals have signed on to provide quality hospice care to the terminally ill patients discharged to Joshua's House. We will provide a comfortable home-like environment offering art and music therapy, spiritual counseling and other supportive services; meals/snacks; clothing; and personal care. Whenever possible, we will allow residents to keep their pets. Volunteers have signed up to provide one-on-one support. There are no costs to the residents.
During Phase 1 and II (2017), we have raised about $500,000 toward our goal of $1 million and we are on target to raise the remaining moneys and close on the property at 1501 North C Street by March 2018. We will continue to raise the balance of our three-year goal of $5 million in order to provide operational funds for the first two years and begin an Endowment fund to ensure the financial stability of Joshua's House. During 2017, we also acquired about 25 letters of support from community and civic leaders, local churches/parishes/mosques/synagogues, and Foundations; and established a community-based advisory committee and a Broad of Directors to guide the development of Joshua's House. Home Aid, the nonprofit arm of the building industry, accepted HCRI, Inc. as a partner and will provide close to a million dollars in goods and services to build Joshua's House. We were also accepted as a partner with the Sacramento United Way. We have received wide-spread media coverage and obtained the pro bono services of a major law firm, an award-winning architectural group, a structural/civil engineering group and an environmental assessment agency.