San Francisco Organization Offers Mobile Showers To The Homeless

Ingenious initiative offers "hope, dignity and hygiene" to people on the streets

Lava Mae converts old buses into mobile bathrooms to help homeless people retain their dignity and hygiene in San Francisco. By using a bus, the non-profit can deliver a vital service to all those sleeping on the streets, wherever they are in the city.

Lava Mae calls it “radical hospitality,” and hope that the initiative helps to change attitudes towards homeless people. One man tells the camera he’s been on the streets for 10 months, despite having an MBA from Stamford University. “How can that happen?” he is asked. “From being just one paycheck away,” the man says with a sad smile.

It’s tragic and terrifying, yet this is the reality for most of us; we should never forget how close we are to the homeless epidemic when we walk past a person whose story we don’t know.

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