“there’s a happier person that emerges after a shower”
who we are
we are passionate about acknowledging the existence of others. we are huge on dignity. we are human rights advocates. we are project outpour. project outpour serves charlotte’s homeless community with mobile shower access to cultivate friendship and restore dignity.
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 our homeless neighbors, yet many of our homeless friends find themselves without adequate or convenient access to showers. we meet a basic need while serving a broader purpose; and everything we do is guided by our three values:
- humanity – we operate with the understanding that our neighbors on the street are not to be ignored as if they don’t exist. their existence and experience as fellow human beings is vital to our community. 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 to better serve our neighbors. 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 providing showers intrinsically feels good. we believe showers can be a conduit to building relationships and trust among our homeless community, particularly with those that don’t actively seek out services on their own. quite literally, meeting our neighbors where they are to get them to where they need to be just makes sense.
they occupy the same space we do, and our goal is that they leave feeling better than when they did upon arrival. our vision is to be a catalyst for change in the lives of our neighbors, one shower at a time.
meet our founder
founder + ceo, laureen jenkins, realized her call to action while working with the homeless community in dallas, texas. on a hot summer day, she was speaking with a homeless gentleman and as the conversation progressed, lent itself to her asking him when the last time he showered. it had been nearly two weeks. almost 14 days since he felt clean (it’s not just about being clean but feeling clean). her heart sunk and immediately was overcome with an overwhelming feeling she needed to do something. that evening, she spent hours researching and learned there are a handful of cities in the country providing shower access for yet-to-be-housed men, women and families. as a “grandfathered” carolina girl, she moved back to charlotte. once back in panther nation, she immediately got involved with a local nonprofit serving the homeless. still inspired by her conversation with the homeless man in dallas, the idea of making something happen in the queen city only grew stronger. so here we are!
she’s a christian first and a work in progress second. she’s a social introvert, a lover of animals (she may or may not consider her cat her child), a comedy improviser and has a slight obsession with blankets and all things fall. she holds sincerity and integrity in high regard for not only herself, but for others. “as cliché as it sounds, living a life that makes my little corner of the world better for others is what i want my life to be about. at the end of my life, nothing else will have mattered.”
to reach laureen, shoot her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.