Last weekend I had the great pleasure of attending the Lava Mae Ungala on Treasure Island. Lava Mae is such an amazing organization. A few years ago Doniece Sandoval, the founder, encountered a homeless woman on the street, distraught that she would never be clean. Doniece couldn't shake this vision and struck out on a mission to bring showers to those without access. Thus Lava Mae was born. Doniece and team converted a retired Muni bus into restrooms for the homeless. The bus operates six days a week, traveling to different shelters and community centers to serve San Francisco's much too large homeless population. By the end of this year, there will be four buses on the road! And they're working to help bring this model to other cities too.
The event was inspiring on so many levels. The bus was there! It was great to see in person. They raised a lot of money while folks danced and drank dark and stormies and mingled in their rainboots and cocktail attire. The video above debuted at the event and moved everyone to tears. It's just part one of an amazing video and photography series called Coming Clean.
Sköna is currently in the process of redesigning the Lava Mae website and we feel honored to have this opportunity. I look forward to sharing what's next!