Lava Mae: Serving the Community One Shower at a Time

Doniece Sandoval knew she couldn’t solve the issue of homelessness in San Francisco, but that didn’t mean she couldn’t try to scrub away one problem faced by the thousands who live on the city’s streets to reveal a sparkling patch of hope. Inspired by the lack of available showers and toilets and a desire to help, Sandoval worked with a team to ingeniously adapt a retired city bus (and soon more of them) to provide mobile showers for the homeless, giving them not only hot and cold running water but also a rare patch of privacy and a renewed sense of dignity.

 

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Sandoval calls the effect “transformative.” “It’s like one person goes in and a totally different person comes out,” she says, noting that it’s not only grime that’s washed away, but “just for a moment, their troubles and their cares,” allowing these men and women to “feel fresh and like there are possibilities again.”

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This article was paid for and posted by Toyota in The New York Times

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