We are thrilled to announce the start of a revolutionary model
designed to combat homelessness in Denver.
The Safe Outdoor Space is a collaborative that includes
The Colorado Village Collaborative, Interfaith Alliance, St. Francis Center,
Salvation Army, Radian, Showers For All
and many other dedicated community leaders.
This space will provide a safe and secure location
for those experiencing homelessness
to live and rebuild within the city of Denver.
It features shelter, food, medical and social services
as well as showers and laundry provided by yours truly.
We are absolutely honored to be a part of this initiative
and can not wait to share more information in the coming weeks.
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A shower and clean clothes ignite hope.
They deliver love
in a simple and unappreciated form.
They allow those struggling to feel human
and remind them that they do matter.
The Showers For All mobile unit
features two full service bathrooms where guests can clean and refresh themselves,
as well as washing machines & dryers operated by our dedicated team.
We can provide 50 showers a day and 60 loads of laundry to those in need.
The mobile unit visits various locations
each week to provide services
to different areas of the city.
With a schedule of locations available each month, guests can ensure that they are at the correct location at the correct time.
When you are homeless, a shower and clean clothes
are not only a matter of hygiene but a matter of humanity.
Looking and feeling clean restores dignity and confidence.
Feeling clean can help someone feel less isolated
and more connected to the society around them.
It is about dignity.
Matilda is always in line for a meal in Civic Center Park.
She is funny, smart, and incredibly honest.
She watches everyone around her
and is always taking care of someone else. Everyone knows her.
She wears cat ears most of the time and will tell you about what
her life looks like now, and what it used to be.
She will remind you that this is not forever.
She is determined to get off the street.
On a given day you can see her sharing food
with people who are at the end of the line when the food runs out
She is making sure others are hydrated on scorching days
or have a blanket to share on the frozen ones.
She works side jobs when she can. She has a hard time holding them down
because she never knows where she will sleep, and as she says,
“doesn’t look clean and presentable like a good job wants.”
Matilda spends time showering or washing her clothes in bathroom sinks.
When she has extra money after buying food,
she will clean her clothes at a laundromat.
Her clothes are worn but her spirit is fierce.
I asked her one time what would make her feel good again. A full belly?
The same place to lay a bed at night? She says, “I just want to feel clean.
I want to know when I can take my next shower
and have enough money to put clean clothes on my clean body.
It’s hard to get a job when you aren’t clean.
I just want to feel and look normal instead of having people look at me
and immediately thinking I am dirty and worthless.”
Worthless is something no one should feel,
especially not sweet Matilda.
The Power of Clean
The lack of shower/laundry facilities
for people in need is a health crisis.
The inability to wash clothes is directly linked to increased rates
of harmful skin conditions and invasive insect infestations.
During menstrual cycles, women unable to clean their bodies
higher risk for infection and even Toxic Shock Syndrome.
When seeking employment,
interviewees are placed at an immediate
compared to others who can walk in clean and
Personal hygiene is critical to feeling valued,
particularly for those with
mental health challenges.
An increasing number of children
who lack access to shower or laundry
miss school each day.
Many of us take a daily shower for granted.
It is not only a rejuvenating experience,
but frequently the only moment of pure privacy in our busy lives.
Those struggling on the streets
experience this more than we can possibly understand,
with no place to truly call their own.
At The Dignity Project we want people to feel human.
We want people to be able to tell us
the stories that got them to this moment
and share the dreams of where they want to be.
A shower and clean set of clothes won’t turn an entire life around...
but it’s a great start.
The future of this project is not simply to deliver
essential services in the Denver metro area.
Design, construction and operation of these trailers in Denver
will help us refine practices we have learned from others.
Our goal is to consistently reduce the vehicle cost
to remove barriers preventing others
from launching similar projects.
Denver will be the catalyst for a nationwide success story
that delivers compassion, love, dignity and hope.
Many organizations have the financial resources but lack
the knowledge base and time to launch their own vehicle.
Others are very determined and experienced
but are struggling with the costs
currently offered by manufacturers.
We can help with both.
By reducing vehicle costs and compiling a successful playbook
of best practices and training opportunities,
we will open the door for these organizations across the country.