“for charlotte to do something like this, now that would be amazing”
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 uses mobile showers to promote holistic health and dignity for persons moving through homelessness.
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; 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 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 providing showers intrinsically feels good. we believe showers can be a conduit to building relationships and trust among men and women moving through homelessness, particularly among 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 + chief dignity officer, laureen jenkins, realized her call to action while working with men and women who found themselves homeless, in dallas, texas. on a hot summer day, she was speaking with a gentleman who was homeless and as they chatted, she learned it had been nearly two weeks since his last shower. 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. an 8 minute drive back the office changed everything; it only took passing a food truck for the light bulb to go off! that evening, she spent hours researching and learned there are a handful of cities in the country providing shower access for persons and families moving through homelessness. as a “grandfathered” carolina girl (she still is very much her new yorker feisty self), she moved back to charlotte. once back in panther nation, she immediately got involved with a local nonprofit serving men and women who are homeless. still inspired by her conversation with that man in dallas, the idea of making something happen in the queen city only grew stronger. so here we are!
she’s a follower of jesus 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 email@example.com.