Lava Mae

Deliver hygiene, rekindle dignity, and unlock opportunity for people experiencing homelessness through our mobile hygiene service.

Fund drive: Provide San Francisco's 7,500 unhoused neighbors with a warm shower and dignity.
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Updates

Sep 26th, 2018

Here’s what a day in the life of our mobile hygiene service looks like.

Lava Mae in Oakland

A custom-built shower trailer pulls up to a service site – typically in front of or near another nonprofit serving our unhoused neighbors. Guests sign up; we know most by name as well as their stories. For those we don’t, we quickly learn them. Everyone is welcomed warmly. When it’s their turn, we provide toiletries, a fresh towel, a new pair of socks, and a serene, private space to enjoy a hot shower. Music is piped in; it’s healing and transports people far from their daily reality.

It’s the details that matter; the little things that make a profound difference and say ‘you’ matter. We work hard to ensure every guest leaves feeling better than when they arrived and, in so doing, we build relationships based on trust and mutual respect.

This unexpected level of care with which we treat every shower guest is what we call Radical Hospitality, and it’s the key to Lava Mae’s success. In being seen, our guests feel valued, supported, and treated as equals.

They tell us:

“I can walk down the streets with my head held high.”
“You’re like my Tuesday family.”
“Lava Mae saved my life.”

Mission

Lava Mae

Imagine that as a result of circumstances beyond your control, you were living on the street. It only takes one night of sleeping rough – lying on a cold concrete street, exposed to the elements, at risk of physical harm, sucking in the exhaust of cars passing by – before your sense of worth is shattered. When you’re dirty people won’t sit next to you on the bus or subway; they won’t look at you as they pass you on the street, and those that do often toss off insults. Imagine what that feels like; what it does to your sense of self?

Lava Mae guest with her pet Lava Mae was created to address the appalling lack of access to showers and toilets for people experiencing homelessness in San Francisco. When we launched our mobile hygiene service in June 2014, there were fewer than 16 restroom and shower facilities available for the City’s 7,000 unhoused individuals.

Created to provide a simple, yet life-changing, service, access to hygiene, Lava Mae brings showers + toilets on wheels to help people experiencing homelessness rekindle dignity, restore a sense of health + well-being, and persevere in seeking employment and housing.

At the most basic level, Lava Mae is addressing the lack of access to showers and toilets faced by those experiencing homelessness. But Lava Mae is about much more than providing hygiene. It’s about reconnecting people with their dignity,

The need for personal hygiene is fundamental and universal; the need for dignity, vital. Our guests’ capacity to seek jobs and housing is directly impacted by their personal hygiene, and our service is a critical first step to ensuring they can create forward momentum up and out of homelessness.

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About

Address:

1015 Fillmore St - No. 379, San Francisco, CA 94115

EIN

81-0832318

NTEE Code

E60

WEBSITE

https://lavamae.org/

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