You know how it feels after going without a shower for a day or two? Imagine not being able to take one for a week, maybe two – there’s little chance you’d want to interact with anyone until you had a chance to clean up. It feels disgusting, quite frankly.
This is the reality for many homeless people. Once they get stuck in the cycle of the streets, it’s difficult to break it. Their dignity is crushed, and are reduced to feeling inferior and defeated.
How can they break the cycle? One Georgia man, who was feeling “convicted” to help people in situations such as this, decided to act. Now, he’s helping restore dignity – one person and one shower at a time.
It’s all happening through an ingenious idea – mobile showers. Founder Jason Winter calls it “Hope thru Soap” and they roam around finding people in need. The relatively new organization provides free and private showers to homeless people within the state of Georgia, so like everyone else out there, they can feel clean, happy and live with dignity.
“Just a simple shower to these folks could bring back some dignity they once had. No one asks to be homeless….everyone has a story.”
Winter says that, “If we all can make someone’s day better than the day before, our world would be a better place.”
The Buford, Georgia based man has felt spiritually convicted to create the vehicle and keep it going. Explaining that his main focus is “lifting up spirits” and “(asking) individuals what they need.”
Adding in, “We don’t push any religion’s views. We’re just there to provide service” and give out blessings! Before his two stall bathroom hits the road, Winter packs up “blessing bags” with volunteers which have a range of goodies like toiletries, basic snacks and bottles of water inside.
The southern man first started driving his mobile shower unit this past fall on Sept. 10th by just going to churches, parking lots and grocery stores trying to find people that were in need of a pick me up.
His strategy has worked and so far his program has allowed volunteers to help many people out on the street throughout the state.
However the maintenance of the vehicle is pricey and right now he’s trying to secure $10,000 to purchase a water meter, so he can attach his truck to fire hydrants throughout local cities in the area and use it as a source of water for the showers.
On the Hope thru Soap you caring fundraiser page, he explains that there is $2900 deposit needed for this and that he will receive a monthly bill for using the city water and estimates that in addition to that, his cost will roughly be about $400 a month.
The $400 includes the purchase of towels, shampoo, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant and feminine products.
To donate, click on this link.
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