Hope’s Village prepares to launch “Showers of Hope” ~ a mobile shower program for our homeless neighbors
In response to the critical need for public showers, and inspired by successful programs in cities across the nation, Hope’s Village (in cooperation with others) is bringing the first mobile shower program to San Luis Obispo!
While some people without housing can shower at Prado, many others lack access. They often have no choice but to live for weeks or months without bathing. This is a serious human rights issue – one which we can all work together to address.
Beyond basic hygiene and sanitation, showers can also be an important step for people in overcoming homelessness. The ability to clean oneself is vital for obtaining and keeping a job, seeking housing, and regaining one’s sense of dignity and self confidence. Mobile shower programs also help support the overall public health of a community through the prevention of infection and communicable diseases.
Our two unit shower trailer will include an ADA accessible unit, is self contained, and will be towed behind our truck. It can be taken to local sites convenient for those in need (church parking lots and places where other services are being offered). The program will be run by volunteers. Towels, soap, shampoo, shower shoes, tooth brushes and clean clothing will be provided. We’re also hoping for haircuts.
We are blessed to have Dignity Health French Hospital Medical Center as a partner. They generously donated $25,000 to this program, and many other donors have come forth as well. Our trailer will be delivered to SLO on June 2, 2017!
As Hope’s Village continues its search for a five acre site on which to build a sustainable community village for people needlessly suffering from homelessness, we are establishing the Showers of Hope program as a tangible, citizen-led solution to help SLO homeless people as we work to get them housed.
To contribute, please go to: www.hopesvillageofslo.com or
Checks can also be sent to:
P.O. Box 100
Santa Margarita, CA 93453
Some of the people we work with on the streets who will be using the shower trailer