Joshua's House Volunteer Hospice

Reviewed by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation

72% complete

$50,000 Goal

During its 31 years, HCRI, Inc. has been in existence, we gained a better understanding of the social determinants of diseases, social and behavioral change strategies, and strategies to reduce health and health care disparities. As a result, HCRI, Inc. has partnered with the Sierra Health Foundation to redesign the Medi-Cal application to make it more user-friendly, which resulted in a "Grantee of the Year" award for HCRI; developed, implemented and evaluated a state-wide multi-media educational campaign in 10 languages about a new managed care program for Medi-Cal beneficiaries in the State of California; and collaborated with the University of California, Davis, Comprehensive Cancer Center, and six tribal medical clinics to develop, implement, and evaluate the Mother's Wisdom Breast Health Program that significantly increased mammography screening as much as 70% among Native American women in Northern California.

As homelessness increased in the Sacramento area, HCRI, Inc. found that the most underserved population of all - the homeless - was experiencing more untreated serious diseases and no palliative and/or hospice care. This led to a commitment to reduce the number of terminally ill homeless dying on our streets and along our rivers.


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 Volunteer Hospice, the first comfort house for those experiencing homelessness at the end of life on the West Coast.


Our greatest need in 2023 is to raise the funds needed to furnish & equip the six ADA-compliant manufactured homes that make up Joshua's House. We also need unrestricted funding to create supportive services, training programs for staff and volunteers, and to assist with staffing costs. The estimated costs for these expenses is $100,000.

Organization Data


Organization name

Joshua's House Volunteer Hospice

other names

HCRI, Inc.

Tax id (EIN)


Mission Category

Housing, Shelter

Operating Budget


Organization Need

Funding: Program, Funding: Unrestricted, Other

Demographics Served

Seniors, Veterans, Homeless/Underhoused/Unhoused

Counties Served



5025 J Street Suite 311
Sacramento, CA 95819

Service areas

Sacramento County, CA, US



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