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100 Diamond St, San Francisco, CA, United States
100 Diamond Street San Francisco California 94114 US

About Lava Mae

Lava Mae is disrupting the way communities see and serve people moving through homelessness. Founded by Doniece Sandoval in 2013, we began by converting public transportation buses into showers and toilets on wheels to deliver hygiene and rekindle dignity for our homeless guests in San Francisco.

Today, we’re taking “radical hospitality” to the street by bringing humanity, innovation, and collaboration to the way services are delivered to those experiencing homelessness.

To-date, Lava Mae has:

  • Served more than 4,000 individuals who have taken 20,000+ showers on our mobile units
  • Expanded operations to Los Angeles and Silicon Valley
  • Dramatically raised awareness about the lack of access to showers and basic hygiene across the U.S.
  • Fielded thousands of requests for help replicating our services, and inspired 15+ mobile hygiene programs across the U.S. and abroad
  • Innovated new one-stop Pop-Up Care Villages to more effectively deliver services to homeless neighbors
  • Brought our Pop-Up Care Village to SXSW to inspire others to replicate in their own communities

And much more!

Now we’re expanding our impact nationwide by creating free open source toolkits to make it as easy as possible for anyone, anywhere to replicate our mobile hygiene services and other programs in their own cities.

Three Ways to Support Lava Mae

1. Volunteer. Volunteers are key to advancing our mission, and we welcome both individuals and groups. Sign up online, to help us deliver showers and dignity to our friends on the streets or drop us a line at [email protected]. Sign up to volunteer at our one-stop shop for a variety of services at our Pop-Up Care Village.

2. In-kind Donations. Hygiene kits, socks, new undergarments, and the like are vital to our guests. You can help fulfill our wishlist here.

3. Share. Telling your networks about Lava Mae is incredibly helpful – as is encouraging them to join our mailing list for invitations + updates (sign up at, connect with us on Facebook & Twitter, and be in touch if they’d like to get involved ([email protected]).

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