We are passionate about helping our neighbors in need. We provide mobile shower access and hygiene services to individuals who are moving through homelessness. Dignity matters and we are strong believers that being clean is a catalyst for change.
Just imagine having no access to a hot shower. Without proper hygiene, people can suffer from alienation and preventable diseases, like skin infections, open sores, scabies, lice, and staph infections. Limited access to regular bathing may also exacerbate chronic diseases like HIV or diabetes by posing barriers to treatment adherence and pose a public health concern.
Unfortunately, access to showers is very limited for those who can’t or choose not to stay in a shelter. Those who can’t access showers may end up washing up in public sinks, outdoor faucets, or not at all.
There’s a Need in Mecklenburg County …
people are experiencing homelessness as of May 31, 2023
people are experiencing chronic homelessness
median days to housing (all individuals moving to permanent housing between 5/1/2023 and 6/1/2023)
How We Help
Our guests deserve regular opportunities to shower and take care of any other personal needs they have with dignity and respect, in a safe and private setting. To do this, we set up shop on the streets. Our customized shower trailer is 18 feet long and comes complete with two full bathrooms.
Each bathroom has its own sink, mirror, toilet, and shower. Guests are allotted 20 minutes and we provide them with any supplies they may need. All items, with the exception of towels and washcloths, are theirs to keep.
showers provided in 2023
showers provided in 2022
It Goes Beyond Showers …
The appeal of a hot shower provides a unique yet basic avenue for dialogue, especially among those who may not actively seek out help on their own. We serve as another touchpoint, ultimately connecting them with agencies that can get them on a better path to self-sufficiency.
We partner with organizations working to help get our guests into permanent, supportive housing and organizations that encounter those that are homeless on a regular basis, like churches and libraries. We are providing this service because maintaining the dignity of every person matters. Our guests deserve the opportunity to be and feel clean while moving through homelessness. Making healthy changes for the better can often start with confidence – which is one of the many benefits of regular bathing.