REDWOOD CITY, CALIF. — The first mobile hygiene shower trailer offering free showers and laundry service for homeless people living in San Mateo County (SMC), called Dignity on Wheels (DoW), officially launches in Redwood City through the collaborative efforts of Project WeHOPE, the organization responsible for its creation, and Fair Oaks Community Center of Redwood City on February 3, 2016 from 2 a.m.-4 p.m. at 2600 Middlefield Road, Redwood City.
The official DOW ribbon-cutting event will feature keynote speaker County Supervisor Warren Slocum and a host of service providers, including food from Whole Foods of Palo Alto, Lifeline Phones through Touch Wireless, and services from Fair Oaks Community Center.
“Having a strong strategic partner, such as Teri (Chin) and her staff at the Fair Oaks Community Center in Redwood City, is key to the success of Dignity On Wheels,” said Pastor Paul Bains, President of Project WeHOPE. “They’ve been a strong supporter of Dignity since the beginning, and we are happy to be partners with them as we work towards a common goal of providing services to the homeless and underserved in our communities.”
“On behalf of all of my City Council colleagues, thank you to all the partners that helped to create and launch this innovative project,” said John Seybert, mayor of the City of Redwood City. “The City of Redwood City through the Fair Oaks Community Center strives to support a variety of homeless services and programs. Dignity on Wheels is a tremendous resource for those in need.”
According to the 2015 Point-In-Time Homeless Census there are 1,772 homeless people in SMC 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.
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 Monday and Wednesday from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Fair Oaks Community Center in Redwood City located at 2600 Middlefield Road. Plans to expand these services to other sites throughout San Mateo County are in progress, including additional sites within Redwood City.