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  • Lava Mae is transforming the way Communities see and serve people moving through homelessness. We do this by bringing critical services — delivered with an unexpected level of care that we call “Radical Hospitality” — to the street through programs such as our mobile hygiene service and our new Pop-Up Care Villages. By shining a light on our shared humanity, driving innovation in programming, and inspiring collaboration, we are catalyzing change.

    Our mission: Taking Radical Hospitality to the Street.

    Creating a one-stop shop on the streets that mobilizes nonprofit service providers, city agencies, and social entrepreneurs to radically increase access to vital services, restore dignity, and boost resilience for people experiencing homelessness.


    It started with one woman, homeless in San Francisco, crying that she would never be clean.

    Our founder, Doniece Sandoval heard her cries. Those words, a desire to help those experiencing homelessness, and a crazy obsession with the mobile food truck movement set in motion what eventually became Lava Mae. Started by private citizens who believe that access to showers and toilets shouldn’t be a luxury, Lava Mae seeks to serve those who lack access to what should be basic human rights – showers and sanitation.

    Lava Mae launched its mobile hygiene service in June of 2014 and has since provided 14,000+ showers to 2,400 people moving through homelessness, inspired replication of our hygiene services, and dramatically raised awareness about the lack of access to showers and basic hygiene across the U.S. and around the globe.

  • Join us for a day of high-touch hospitality on the bus, and you’ll make a direct impact in the life of someone experiencing homelessness.

    Volunteer on site with our mobile shower service: http://lavamae.org/our-impact/

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