Australia's homeless can now take advantage of mobile showers

@JudyEv (141761)
Bunbury, Australia
August 23, 2016 7:02am CST
Back in January this year, I wrote about the Orange Sky Laundry where two young men had set up washing machines and dryers in vans and were providing a laundry service for homeless men and women. If you want to read about it, you can search for 'Orange Sky Laundry' and the post will come up. Orange Sky now washes 7.2 tonnes of laundry each week with the help of more than 600 volunteers. These same young men, Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett, have now fitted out a van with two showers. The showers supply instant hot water. They believe that everyone has the right to be able to be clean and to wear clean clothes so they have established mobile showers. Although shelters have showers, there is always a high demand for the service. After a trial period, more vans are likely to be made available in our cities. I can only imagine how access to this mobile service will increase the self-esteem of the homeless. Sometimes it's the simple ideas that can really make a difference.
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@miniam (9228)
• Bern, Switzerland
23 Aug 16
I felt close to tears what these young men are doing.The homeless need dignity too and i feel offering them a place to shower and wash their clothes is something special to them. What these 2 young men are doing,well there are some things money cant pay for and this is one of them
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@JudyEv (141761)
• Bunbury, Australia
23 Aug 16
One of the first people they helped with laundry was a young man they went to school with and who had done the same degree as one of them. Part of the service is also someone to chat to for a while.
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@miniam (9228)
• Bern, Switzerland
24 Aug 16
@JudyEv They are very special people in my eyes.Also saw someone giving homeless haircuts in London and i feel if we had more such people,the world will be a better place, every little helps.
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@JudyEv (141761)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Aug 16
@miniam This is a great idea too - and with shorter hair it would be easier to keep it clean.
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@teamfreak16 (42521)
• Denver, Colorado
23 Aug 16
That's a great idea. Still, some guys just won't shower. I saw it periodically at the homeless shelter I worked at.
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@JudyEv (141761)
• Bunbury, Australia
23 Aug 16
I can understand that - well, not understand it so much as believe it but the guy that interviewed last night was tickled pink about being able to have a hot shower.
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@Vjvals (923)
• Roseville, California
23 Aug 16
A great story Judy. They need something like that here
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@JudyEv (141761)
• Bunbury, Australia
23 Aug 16
The guy they'd interviewed had been homeless for 20 years and he was so thrilled. He was very articulate and said how much better it made him feel about himself just knowing he and his clothes were clean and didn't smell.
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@jaboUK (55159)
• United Kingdom
23 Aug 16
Those young men should get awards for services to humanity.
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@JudyEv (141761)
• Bunbury, Australia
23 Aug 16
In January they were Young Australians of the Year for their work introducing the mobile laundries. They've done a marvellous services.
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@LadyDuck (188665)
• Switzerland
23 Aug 16
I remember you wrote about this. This is a wonderful idea and I am glad that the volunteers are helping the homeless.
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@JudyEv (141761)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Aug 16
The article says they will be trying out the vans in the US next year.
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@LadyDuck (188665)
• Switzerland
24 Aug 16
@JudyEv This is a great idea. We have homeless centers here where they can go to take a shower and wash their clothes, but we are a very small country.
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@JudyEv (141761)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Aug 16
@LadyDuck We have shelters here too but I think they have to turn a great many people away from time to time.
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@hereandthere (33424)
• Philippines
24 Aug 16
where does the water for the washing machine come from?
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@JudyEv (141761)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Aug 16
I would think they'd have some water on board and fill up from a fire hydrant or a tap in a park or whatever. We have tanks on the bus/motor-home which hold 200 litres each and don't really take up much room.
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• Philippines
25 Aug 16
@JudyEv how long does 200 liters last you when you're on a road trip? is the 200 liters for everything - drinking, dishes, bathing? how do you refill it?
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@JudyEv (141761)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Aug 16
@hereandthere It's hard to say as we've never let it run out. We have two 200 litre tanks of fresh water. We fill it from our rainwater tank at the house but we could top it up at caravan parks if we needed to. One tank would last probably five or six days. The chemical toilet only needs a very little water to flush it. We use it for drinking and cooking. When we shower, we get wet, turn the water off, soap ourselves then rinse. We only use small amounts of water to wash up with. . There is another 200 litre tank which takes the 'grey' water from the shower and dishes. This is emptied at home or at a caravan park in a special drain. The chemical toilet usually lasts four days then we empty the cylinder in a 'dump point' in a town or caravan park. We have more water storage than some smaller motor-homes so we are lucky in that respect.
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@stringer321 (3727)
• Kiryat Ata, Israel
23 Aug 16
many purpose soap
That volunteering is blessed in my opinion. It can allow everyone to enjoy clean cloths. But, think about giving the fish to the poor or teach him to fish, I think it maybe costs a lot of money and the homeless stays dependent on this service. I just wash my cloths with tap water and a synthetic soap. It washes away sweat, some color from the fabric and some spots, leaves a neutral smell. It's fast to wash, I don't need to soak the cloths inside the water and wait. I rub the cloth with the soap, rub it with itself, and wash the soap with the tap water, then, I hang it on the ropes to get dried. Why can't people just use that simple synthetic soap ? Maybe a bucket of water too, if no tap available...
• Kiryat Ata, Israel
23 Aug 16
the soap cover
Here is the cover of the soap, it is meant for many purposes:
@JudyEv (141761)
• Bunbury, Australia
23 Aug 16
That seems an ideal solution. I don't remember seeing that type of soap here.
@miniam (9228)
• Bern, Switzerland
23 Aug 16
@stringer321 some of the gomeless do not even have a simple bucket,to me what these people are doing is wonderful
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@MALUSE (46016)
• Uzbekistan
23 Aug 16
That's wonderful news. How are the services financed?
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@JudyEv (141761)
• Bunbury, Australia
23 Aug 16
They have received grants here and there and now have a base of committed volunteers. I think they fund-raise as well.
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• United States
23 Aug 16
@JudyEv Great idea. I have an idea to provide fresh veg and fruit to areas where there are "food deserts" in the U.S., but it requires more physical energy than I have at the moment. Maybe someone else will do the same. Hope so.
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@JudyEv (141761)
• Bunbury, Australia
23 Aug 16
@ElizabethWallace Have you shared your idea with anyone who might be able to take it up? Some of these things just need a bit of thinking outside the box.
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@Inlemay (17163)
• South Africa
24 Aug 16
Goodness I hope SA dont do that - our streets would be lined with mobile showers - In Italy they just shower at the fountains - ha ha ha ha
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@JudyEv (141761)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Aug 16
I guess each country has a different of dealing with the homeless - or not dealing with them. :)
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@Inlemay (17163)
• South Africa
24 Aug 16
@JudyEv the not dealing is more apparent here in SA
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@JudyEv (141761)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Aug 16
@Inlemay I guess you have a lot of homeless people there?
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• United States
23 Aug 16
Where does the money come from to do this? Is there a governmental grant?
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@JudyEv (141761)
• Bunbury, Australia
23 Aug 16
They received $100,000 from the Shine On Foundation and $50,000 from Queensland Urban Utilities. The latter might be government based; the other isn't. The article said they were taking the idea ot the US next year. Here's the link to the article:
The Brisbane duo famous for launching the world's first free mobile laundry for the homeless begin trialling a shower van as their latest charitable venture.
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• United States
24 Aug 16
@JudyEv This is a great use of public and private (charity) funds.
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@JudyEv (141761)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Aug 16
@ElizabethWallace Hopefully now it is up and running it will gain its own momentum.
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• United States
23 Aug 16
Every little bit helps - now for a way to find jobs for them so they can stop being homeless.
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@JudyEv (141761)
• Bunbury, Australia
23 Aug 16
I guess it's too late for some but for others it could make a big difference to their prospects.
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• United States
24 Aug 16
@JudyEv AT least it's a step or two in the right direction.
@JudyEv (141761)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Aug 16
@AbbyGreenhill That's true and it's nice to think they're able to be clean if they want to be.
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@Mike197602 (13955)
• United Kingdom
23 Aug 16
Seems like a good idea. Although more shelters may be what the money should go into. I know here we've only one shelter for the whole city and surrounding area which isn't enough.
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@JudyEv (141761)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Aug 16
That is probably true but two youngsters couldn't come up with the money to build a shelter whereas they have been able to put two showers in a van.
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@Mike197602 (13955)
• United Kingdom
24 Aug 16
@JudyEv good pointat least they're doing something practical that'd certainly be appreciated by homeless people.
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@JudyEv (141761)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Aug 16
@Mike197602 Some of these smaller ideas can be up and running quite quickly compared to grandiose plans run out by governments. Places with this, that and the other that will be fully operational in 2018 sort-of-thing.
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• United States
23 Aug 16
that's wonderful! yepperz, a clean body 'n clothes goes a long ways to makin' folks feel better 'bout 'emselves. there's quite a few 'f those mobile showers here'n the states, dunno 'but the laundry service though. brilliant ideas 'n a huge kudo's to those folks fer takin' the time to address the needs 'f others.
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@JudyEv (141761)
• Bunbury, Australia
23 Aug 16
It is amazing how quickly things can go very wrong for people and suddenly they're living on the streets. It is certainly a great service.
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• United States
24 Aug 16
@JudyEv so true, hon. they've a need to've some dignity 'n i'm so glad to hear that such's now'n progress there.
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@norcal (3211)
• Nevada City, California
25 Aug 16
That is a great example of lighting a candle instead of cursing the darkness.
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@JudyEv (141761)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Aug 16
That's a good way of putting it.
@nanette64 (18208)
• Fairfield, Texas
23 Aug 16
Now that is truly 'caring for your fellow man' @JudyEv .
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@JudyEv (141761)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Aug 16
Some of the young people are very generous and caring - more so than you might expect I guess.
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@Tampa_girl7 (27557)
• United States
23 Aug 16
What a wonderful service.
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@JudyEv (141761)
• Bunbury, Australia
23 Aug 16
It's a great idea isn't it?
@Jessicalynnt (47879)
• Centralia, Missouri
23 Aug 16
plus clean clothes and a clean self MIGHT just mean they can get day to day work, and start making a little money
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@JudyEv (141761)
• Bunbury, Australia
23 Aug 16
That's very true. It changes the whole scene really.
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@HazySue (24663)
• United States
23 Aug 16
JudyEv this is a wonderful thing for these two young men to do. They are to be admired for their humanity.
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@JudyEv (141761)
• Bunbury, Australia
23 Aug 16
Back in January they were made Young Australians of the Year. This is their latest venture.
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@Asylum (48215)
• Manchester, England
23 Aug 16
This is a very impressive act and those guys deserve a great deal of acknowledgement for what they have created.
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@JudyEv (141761)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Aug 16
They were awarded Young Australians of the Year in January. It is certainly worthy of acclaim.
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@BelleStarr (40244)
• United States
23 Aug 16
I think that is a wonderful idea that should be adopted everywhere.
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@JudyEv (141761)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Aug 16
Apparently they will trial it in the US next year. Hopefully some charity or other will run with the idea.
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