Hygiene Services

Yelm Shower Power Flyer

Shower Power was created by Build a Bus Home (BABH) to provide a way for municipalities in Thurston County to meet part of the basic hygiene needs and reduce the health and environmental impacts of some of the most at-risk homeless residents. The basic health and safety needs of homeless residents is a challenge when many go without basic hygiene services, such as showers and hand washing and this leads to other consequences for general safety and health of our communities

The shower trailer includes eight sinks and mirrors for personal hygiene for guests.

This program is also versatile in that it can be scheduled to provide services for new locations as they are identified. We can visit homeless sites, city sites, and Churches, provide services for a few hours and then move on.

We provide staffing through volunteers and operate with lower equipment and material costs through donations and in-kind contributions from local government and businesses.

We are currently seeking more volunteers, donations, and advocacy. Donations may be in-kind, supplies, construction materials etc. We are looking for assistance from our local large and small businesses to help operate this program. We intend to support our local small business owners who are impacted by homelessness and wish to be a part of the Solutions.

Would you consider helping in one or more of the following ways?

We welcome your contributions of financial assistance, shower and PPE supplies, equipment (including buses), and location to build bus homes, and preferable a 3-4 bay building with meeting rooms, and classrooms for workshops.

Volunteer, Donate in-kind

Erik, recent addition to the Build-a-Bus Home (BABH) volunteer team, positions hoses as he prepares to connect a water truck to a converted shower trailer under the tutelage of James Dec. 22, 2019, as final preparations are made for the inaugural event to open facilities to the community. Today, BABH opens it’s shower and clean-up trailer for use by homeless members of the community for the first time. BABH is a non-profit startup organization creating a community of volunteers to transform trailers and surplus buses into shower and cleanup facilities, laundry spaces and affordable homes for low-income residents of Thurston County. Building, traveling and serving together, one bus at a time.   BABH realized the most urgent problem is the need for showers and laundry for houseless neighbors in the community and made the Mobile Hygiene Infrastructure Program the focus in April; the services offered today is the fruition of that realization. For more information, visit buildabushome.org or contact info@buildabushome.org. (Photo by Shända L. De Anda)