He turned a $5,000 truck into a mobile shower facility for the homeless
A very good point: personal hygiene in general and a shower in particular is difficult if you are homeless. In Upworthy Evan Porter describes one man’s solution:
Jake Austin has been volunteering with the homeless in St. Louis, Missouri, for years. But he just recently had a huge epiphany.
“Most of my life I’ve been volunteering in different capacities,” he said. “One group was doing food and clothes, and I went down there to help out. They had a hygiene table that was in disarray. So I asked if I could take it over.”
Austin started bringing in donations — soaps, shampoos, etc. — and handing them out to folks in need.
But one day, a man politely turned Austin and his donated soap down. And that’s when he realized: Donated hygiene items don’t do people any good unless they have a safe, comfortable place to use them.
“People will say, ‘I have 10 blankets and a bag full of sandwiches, but I haven’t showered in months,'” Austin told Upworthy.
For folks who are homeless, a shower can be a rare and sometimes life-changing luxury.
A hot shower might not trump the need for basic things like food and shelter, but that’s exactly what makes hygiene such an overlooked need for many people who are homeless.
The fact is, being able to maintain basic hygiene is an absolute must for anyone hoping to secure or hold down a job. It’s also a huge factor in warding off disease and infections.
Plus, it’s hard to deny the fact that you just feel better when you’re clean.
That’s why Austin wants to make it easier for people in his city to get clean using an incredible mobile shower truck.
The brilliant name for his new nonprofit? Shower to the People. . .
You can make a contribution at the link shown:
Provide 6 showers for the month – $ 10.00
Provide 12 showers for the month – $ 20.00
Provide 24 showers for the month – $ 40.00