Two years ago, we wrote a piece about Landmark Graduate Morris Chubb, a California resident whose Self-Expression and Leadership Program project created a mobile shower and laundry initiative to restore dignity to homeless communities in his area. His project, ‘Dignity on Wheels,’ became one of the programs of Project WeHOPE (“We Help Other People Excel”), a California nonprofit which focuses on “Emergency and Supportive Housing Shelter for the unhoused, homeless, and at-risk adults in East Palo Alto and surrounding San Mateo County and Santa Clara County communities” and whose mission is “to help people become healthy, employed, and housed using innovative solutions.”
Each four-hour operating session of a Dignity on Wheels trailer provides up to 30 showers and up to 14 single loads of laundry. As of early 2017, the organization had provided 4,803 hot showers and 1,680 loads of laundry to those in need in the community. We recently reached out to Project WeHOPE for an update. Here’s what they had to say:
“Currently we have 5 mobile hygiene units which enable us to provide service to homeless individuals and families in 4 Bay Area Counties and 14 Cities. We service in San Mateo County, Santa Clara County, Alameda County, and San Francisco County. Additionally we have responded to fires and floods throughout Northern California.
“To date, we have provided over 35,000 showers and over 13,000 loads of laundry. We are expanding to Los Angeles next year. Our fleet is also increasing in early 2020.”
If you would like to know more about the Dignity on Wheels program or Project WeHOPE, you can find information on the organization’s website.
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