Restoring Dignity One Hot Shower at a Time...
One challenge faced by homeless Australians when living on the streets is maintaining personal hygiene. Some people shower at shelters or others in public toilet blocks, constantly thinking, ‘Who is around?’ or ‘Am I safe?’
Our mobile shower service offers people a safe place to shower, shave, brush their teeth and most importantly, helps restore some dignity in their lives!
In 2014 One Voice launched the first Mobile Shower Service in Australia; located at Rebecca Walk in Batman Park, Melbourne, our aim was to run a pilot in the city to verify a need before rolling out the service nationally, during this time we found out that;
- There is a genuine need for access to showers
- Current facilities are dirty and overcrowded
- Existing services are available at limited times
- With NO access available on the weekends
- An average of 18 people used the service daily
In December 2014, with help from corporate sponsors and the generosity of kind hearted Australians, One Voice raised the funds to build the ‘Worlds First Mobile Shower Bus’.
The new improved design included:
- Two private shower cubicles
- On-board tanks for water supply and waste
- On-board gas supply to heat the water
- On-board generator for electricity supply
In June 2015, with help from ALDI Australia, the NSW Government, SC Johnson and Hillsong CityCare, One Voice replicated the service in Sydney, with another Mobile Shower Bus.
We are always looking at ways to refine our services and cut costs, so….
In June 2016, One Voice incorporated 2 mobile services in one vehicle by building another ‘WORLD FIRST’ – Mobile Shower & Laundry Van.
In January 2017, this was followed up with 3 new vehicles, but again we refined our design by making all our vehicles run on solar power, making them environmentally friendly with space for other organisations to operate from, you see collaboration is the key to impacting peoples lives.