FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 25, 2016
Cynthia Corpuz, Project WeHope PH: (650) 779-4631| Email: email@example.com
Julia Lang, Downtown Streets Team
PH: (650) 690-5551 | Email: Julia@streetsteam.org
FIRST MOBILE SHOWER AND LAUNDRY SERVICE FOR HOMELESS LAUNCHES IN SANTA CLARA COUNTY
SUNNYVALE, CALIF. — The first mobile hygiene shower trailer offering free showers and laundry service for homeless people living in Santa Clara County (SCC), called Dignity on Wheels (DOW), officially launches in Sunnyvale through the collaborative efforts of of Project WeHope, the organization responsible for its creation, Downtown Streets Team (DST) and Trinity Church of Sunnyvale on February 2, 2016 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 477 Mathilda Avenue.
The official DOW ribbon-cutting event will feature keynote speaker County Supervisor Joe Simitian and a host of service providers, including Our Daily Bread, food from Whole Foods of Palo Alto, Lifeline Phones through Touch Wireless, Valley Medical Mobile Clinic, Sunnyvale Community Services, and Peninsula Healthcare Connection.
“Collaborating with organizations, such as Downtown Streets Team, is key to the success of Dignity On Wheels at Trinity Church,” said Pastor Paul Bains, President of Project WeHOPE. “We are all working towards a common goal. It only makes sense that we partner and pool our resources to help the homeless and underserved.”
According to the 2015 Point-In-Time Homeless Census there are 4,627 homeless people in SCC not living in shelters, which means they do not have regular access to showers, a key component to successfully finding employment and housing. Currently, there are only three locations throughout the entire county that provide showers on specific days.
“Something as simple as a hot shower and clean clothes can help restore hope and dignity,” said Greg Pensinger, project manager Sunnyvale Team. “There is such a great need in our county for shower and laundry services for the homeless, we could not be more thrilled about the arrival of Dignity on Wheels.”
DOW will help alleviate the need for more services by providing up to 30 showers and 14 single loads of laundry during each four-hour session, every Tuesday from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Trinity Church of Sunnyvale located at 477 Mathilda Avenue. Plans to expand these services to other sites throughout SCC are in progress, including Palo Alto and San Jose.
Watch the video about Dignity on Wheels: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nD6C6DZYQmA
ABOUT PROJECT WEHOPE: Project WeHOPE is a 501c3 nonprofit agency based out of East Palo Alto, with a focus on helping the homeless adults and underserved families. In addition to Dignity On Wheels mobile shower and laundry trailer, Project WeHOPE also operates a year-round emergency and transitional homeless shelter. For more information, visit www.projectwehope.org.
About Downtown Streets Team: In 2005 the Palo Alto Business Improvement District conducted a survey of local business owners to determine the biggest issues facing downtown businesses. The group identified cleanliness and homelessness as the most pressing challenges. Downtown Streets Team (DST) emerged as result of the collaboration of local businesses, law enforcement, the Palo Alto Downtown Business and Professional Association and community leaders striving to make Palo Alto a better place to live and work. The model is simple: provide homeless and low-income men and women with the resources they need to rebuild their lives. First, they join one of our teams and begin working collaboratively on beautification projects. Meanwhile Team Members work together with our case management and employment services to find housing and a job. In 2011, DST expanded to serve the Coyote Creek corridor in San Jose and in 2012, launched a new project in collaboration with the City of Sunnyvale and Sunnyvale Community Services. In 2013, DST expanded to San Rafael. With franchisees elsewhere in California and Florida, and inquires from all over the country, DST is positioned to become a national solution to help end homelessness and restore dignity for those most in need. To learn more about the Downtown Streets Team or to make a donation, please visit www.streetsteam.org.