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Non-profit offers shower trailer for homeless

Posted at 5:12 PM, Jul 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-06 20:32:59-04

San Diego (KGTV)- Hygiene continues to be a struggle for those living on the streets, especially during the pandemic. Non-profit Duwara Consciousness is helping the homeless gain access to a hot shower.

The non-profit uses its food trailer to feed the homeless. On average, they provide about 1,500 meals per week.

"Our distribution network currently runs as far as San Ysidro and as far north as Carlsbad," says Harisimran Khalsa.

But as we continue to experience the COVID-19 pandemic, Khalsa says access to a hot shower was limited for those in need. This prompted her and partner, Davinder Singh, to move forward with their idea of a shower trailer.

"Hygiene access is just not as frequent. So you do end up coming down with more bugs, more viruses," says Khalsa. "We think that this is really a time when we have to focus on hygiene for our homeless population."

The shower trailer contains seven individual stalls, including one that is ADA compliant.

"It's really critical for our guests that they have a secure environment in which to shower."

Khalsa says about 20 people can use the shower per hour. The stalls are cleaned after each use following CDC guidelines.

The trailer comes equipped with sinks for people to wash their hands, shave or brush their teeth. It also has laundry services. The non-profit partners with other organizations to provide space and water.

Duwara Consciousness plans to launch the shower trailer on Friday officially, but so far, they say users have been grateful for a simple hot shower.