Who We Are
We are passionate about acknowledging the existence of others. We advocate for human rights and dignity. We are Project Outpour. Project Outpour provides mobile shower access and hygiene services to our neighbors in need. We bring our services out into the community and meet people where they are to help them get to where they want to be.
Our beloved Queen City has been active in its efforts to prevent and ultimately end homelessness. There are many incredible initiatives and programs to help men and women who are homeless, yet many of our guests find themselves without adequate or convenient access to showers. We meet a basic need while serving a broader purpose. Everything we do is guided by our three values:
- Humanity – We believe that being clean is a basic human right, regardless of circumstance. We recognize that at the core of humanity is the desire to be seen, heard, loved, and accepted. We want to shine a light on our shared humanity.
- Love – we believe we are to “love thy neighbor” and our words, actions and mission are guided by this basic, yet profound principle. One of easiest ways to model that is by providing our yet-to-be-housed community with access to showers; something every person desires and deserves.
- Connection – we create collaborative partnerships throughout our city to increase access to services and better serve our guests. We wholeheartedly support the housing first initiative, and will eagerly contribute to helping fight homelessness in and around the greater charlotte area. Equally, we aim to build authentic connections with those we serve to build trust and restore hope.
We believe showers can be a conduit to building relationships and trust among humans moving through homelessness, particularly among those that don’t actively seek services on their own. We are meeting our neighbors where they are, to get them to where they need to be.
Our vision is to be a catalyst for change in the lives of our guests, one shower at a time.
Meet our Chief Dignity Officer
Laura first started working with individuals moving through homelessness while volunteering at a soup kitchen in Dallas, Texas in 2010. Shortly after, she returned to college and earned her Master’s in Public Affairs while transitioning to a career in nonprofit administration. While working at a homeless shelter, she had the opportunity to really get to know the people in the shelter and their stories, and the many unique challenges that come with being without housing. At the shelter, each person had the opportunity to take a shower as soon as they entered each day, and many explained that the dignity that comes with feeling and being clean makes everything else much more bearable. As the homeless population was far greater than shelter capacity, she routinely witnessed unsheltered individuals using outdoor faucets to wash up. From that experience, she had the determination that if she was ever able to start a nonprofit, it would be a mobile shower service, as it was the greatest need not being met. Fast forward a few years, a move to Charlotte, a fortuitous meeting with our founder, and here we are today!
Laura lives in Charlotte with her boyfriend Greg. She is an avid world traveler and uses those experiences to deepen her understanding of social issues and humanity. She strives daily to live up to her values of compassion, empathy, and unconditional positive regard for others.
To reach Laura, email her at email@example.com.
Board of Directors
Project Outpour is governed by a board of directors who hold the team accountable to our mission and community. If you are interested in learning more about joining our board, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We have an immediate need for people with development/fundraising experience. Below is a list of our current board of directors:
President – Shane Giuliani, Senior Vice President, Imagen Technologies
Vice President – Stephanie Lucas, Manager, Marketing, Centene
Secretary – Lisa Cook, Enterprise Data Management SVP, Bank of America
Treasurer – Andrew Pickering, CPA, Senior Assurance Manager, Aprio
Member – Paul Lessard, Homelessness Advocate
Member – Nicole Haynes, Employment Law Attorney
Member – Amy Morgan, Owner, 9-Round Noda