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September 21, 2013

If you believe, like we do, that everyone has a right to be clean, join our No Shower Challenge to address the shortage of showers and toilets for the homeless. On September 21, I'll spend a week without showering or bathing—to help raise awareness about the issue, and to have a small opportunity to walk in the shoes of the people I'm trying to serve through, my project to bring mobile showers to the homeless and begin delivering dignity, one shower at a time.



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  • DonieceS

    UPDATE RE: No Shower Challenge

    Due to circumstances I can't change now, I'm starting my No Shower Challenge today. For the next seven days, I won't shower or bath but allow myself to use a public sink to clean up.

    If you've add this to your To Do list and were planning on starting next week (the 21st), no worries. It's the action not the timing that matters. So join me this week or wait until next. Either way, if you participate, you'll be both raising awareness for homeless showers and walking (in a small way) in the shoes of the people Lava Mae seeks to serve.

    Regardless of when you start, please consider sharing your thoughts, pics or any video you might capture of your experience. I'd love to post it on our blog and social media sites. Send it to

    Thanks everyone!

  • DonieceS

    Saw the link from Emma (but can't find the comment). I know people who have used this successfully. Thanks for sending along; I'll add that to my Do list this week!

  • Emma Bryant

    Lysol, P&G, Dove, etc-- maybe we could reach out to them & ask about sponsoring? I'm sure they'd have the resources & motivation to get involved.

    • DonieceS

      Our thoughts exactly. And especially the companies in the Bay Area: Method, Clorox, Yes! to the Carrot etc.

      • Emma Bryant

        I love this whole concept so much. I'd sign a petition if there was one; an open letter to those companies asking for support. Best of luck & I'll continue to promote it! Can't wait to see it catch on down here in SoCal.

        • DonieceS

          I like the idea of an open petition. We should explore that!

          • Emma Bryant

   Might be a good platform-- I've never used it, but I came across it today & it looks like it could be helpful.

  • Mark Rosenblitt-Janssen

    Here's how to help the homeless:

    1) Showers at professional fire departments (when not on-call).
    2) Free lockers offered by the city in public spaces (with lock deposit).
    3) Half of all aerial city footage should be green (rooftops, wildlands, parks, greenways).
    4) Insist on right-to-live laws. Earth can provide food and shelter for everybody.

    • DonieceS

      All ideas worth pursuing!

  • Alex Johnson

    This seems like a great idea. Do you know the pricing per bus? I would like to support something like this in LA as well.

    • DonieceS

      We have a best-guess estimate of $75k that was formulated after talking to some of the big companies that create buses for rock bands and promotional marketing vehicles for corporations. That said, our architect has just completed the designs and we are bidding them out as I right.

      The first bus will be the most costly. The manufacturer refused to share the blueprints so there's a fair bit of guess work. Once the prototype is done, we should be able to bring the cost down.

  • karenkranz19

    I love this idea of a mobile unit...I'd like it even better if there was a way to scale it up...perhaps getting some corporations behind the project to sponsor the mobile units in a number of cities. Maybe even bring back the bathhouse concept and have corporations sponsor those...

    I'm a huge fan of social innovation projects but get frustrated by the limited ability to make the kind of difference that's required to have impact.

    This is a great idea that should be easy to get brands to rally around. I'm tired of hearing stories focused strictly on profitability. Would love to hear how brands are giving back to the communities who are making them so profitable.

    • DonieceS

      Share your thoughts or insights...Keep your fingers crossed, we are talking to a few big corps about supporting scalability. Stay tuned!