About Us

A Fresh Chance

You cannot get a job if you can’t walk into a space to deal with your basic hygiene needs. You can’t sit in a classroom, you can’t get on the train or a bus, if you can’t deal with your basic hygiene needs.

— Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President

// Modify this a bit to include more of the bus services // The Mobile Shower Unit gives people experiencing homelessness the ability to take care of their basic hygiene needs. The mobile bus is an expansion of Turning Point Brooklyn’s “We Care About You” shower project in Sunset Park.  The project provided showers as well as clean towels, shampoo, shaving kits, soap, socks and underwear, toilet facilities, access to laundry services, snacks, and a safe space to relax. To learn more , please watch the 8-minute NYC Emmy-Award winning documentary below:

 

More than just a shower

This bus is going to become a symbol where our homeless men and women will be able to identify a safe space not only to clean themselves but to also start the process of holding on to their dignity.

— Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President

 
The Mobile Shower Unit provides more than showers and a safe space to get clean. An outreach coordinator and Peer Specialists staff the bus to help individuals in need get access to social service resources and programming such as peer counseling, support for housing, mental health and employment services, links to resources.
 
In this way, the Mobile Shower Unit aims to comprehensively address their full spectrum of needs.
 
 
 

Project History

The Mobile Shower Unit Project is an expansion of Turning Point Brooklyn’s “We Care About You” shower project, which operated out of Sunset Park for six years, offering 35 showers a day to a rotating group that included migrant workers, underemployed young people, and runaway youth. It is also modeled on a successful San Francisco mobile shower program called Lava Mae, which retrofitted showers onto old buses (link).
 
Our project partners with local manufacturers (Dave’s Shop) to retrofit buses.
 
 
This effort was made possible with the help of Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Con-edison, Unilever and the Department of Design & Construction.
 
The Mobile Shower Unit complements the existing 35 programs providing care and dignity to the residents of Brooklyn.
 
 

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Donate

Supplies

Funds

We will accept donations of new, unopened packages of the following:

  • soap/body wash
  • towels
  • bathroom cleaning supplies
  • socks
  • winter clothes

Your generous donation will help support the following:

  • $25 – soap, shampoo and clean towel
  • $50 – 3 Hours of Work by Peer Specialist
  • $100 – Buy Winter Coat/Hat/Gloves for homeless individual
  • $1,000 – 1 day of hygiene services

Contact info@wearbcs.org