The Homeless Can Now Freshen Up On Shower Buses Thanks To Google's Generosity

Allowing the homeless to shower on-the-go and be clean.

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Google has donated RM318,000 to refurbish an old bus into a place where the homeless can shower

RM318,000 has been donated to set up shower buses for the homeless

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An old public bus in San Francisco has been converted into a portable shower station to provide hygienic bathrooms to the homeless.

The tech giant accused of driving up rents – the one at the center of a lawsuit against San Francisco for private buses that use public stops – gifted $100,000 to Lava Mae, a San Francisco nonprofit that just rolled out a shower bus for the homeless.

San Francisco nonprofit Lava Mae just unveiled a trial version of a bus that provides showers for the 6,400 homeless people who live in the city by the Bay. It was funded in large part by a grant from Google, which gave the project $100,000 as part of its Google Impact Challenge.

The refurbished bus contains two bathrooms, equipped with soap, shampoo, towels and music

The bus contains two bathrooms with all the necessities needed

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The retrofitted municipal bus includes two private showers — and music. Soap, shampoo, toilets and towels are free.

The nonprofit bought and refurbished a public transit bus at a cost of $75,000, thanks to that Google money; it boasts two bathrooms with free hot showers, shampoo, soap and towels.
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The cost of fixing the bus up to include showers, two private bathrooms and toiletries was provided by private donations, including some from Google.

This mobile shower will help the homeless be clean so that they can have a better chance to go for job interviews and feel better about themselves

Having a shower enables the homeless to feel better and increases the chance of them applying for job interviews.

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Lava Mae founder Doniece Sandoval, a marketing veteran and recent transplant to San Francisco, said such a mobile sanitary station was essential for the "human rights" of the city's homeless population, and would help lift them up out of what often seems like a hopeless situation.

“If you’re homeless, you’re living on the streets and you’re filthy, you’re trying to improve your circumstances, but you can’t interview for a job, you can’t apply for housing and you get disconnected from your sense of humanity,” Doniece Sandoval, Lava Mae’s founder, told the AP. “So a shower just in of itself is amazing for people.”

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