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Lava Mae Provides Showers For the Homeless Using Renovated Automobiles

By: Alyson Wyers - Published: Jul 9, 2014 • References: lavamae.org and boingboing.net
A brightly hued San Francisco bus is offering showers for the homeless. Lava Mae is a non-profit organization dedicated to giving back to homeless people via a mobile location for them to shower. The startup does this by renovating surplus City of San Francisco buses to include accessible showers.

The charitable organization recently raised $58,000 through a crowdfunding project on Indiegogo for their first prototype. While they are based in California, the idea is to provide showers for the homeless in over 25 cities by working with other community groups who have shown an interest in Lava Mae's programming. In addition to providing dignity and hygiene to those who live on the street, they also hope partnering with other like-minded organizations will result in new ways to help this marginalized group.