Moreover, upon hearing Brett say he felt like a human again for the first time in a long time, the name Humanity Showers was born. Humanity Showers also honors each individual with a few moments of peace, dignity, and personal refreshment.
“If I have a really bad day, or go through seriously challenging things, I go home and take a shower. It washes that experience and those interactions off me,” Jordan explains.
“I was meeting people on the streets who were having the worst day of their life every day while out here. And that’s just stuck on them. The street’s stuck on them. So, they were saying, ‘Man, I’m able to wash this off me.’” A shower is a first step in feeling able to go for a job interview, follow up with a social worker, or meet small daily goals.
Since that first day in 2019, Humanity Showers has grown to operate 2000 showers a month across San Diego, Los Angeles, and Orange County.
Each trailer is equipped with roomy, individual locking shower stalls, soap, shampoo, and towels. Humanity Showers also offers clothing, haircuts, and food provided by volunteers with and without homes. More importantly, at Humanity Showers events, the lines between ‘us’ and ‘them’ blur as a sense of community comes into clear focus.