Lava Mae

Lava Mae is a San Francisco-based nonprofit that is disrupting the way Communities see and serve people moving through homelessness.

Founded in San Francisco in 2013, Lava Mae began by converting public transportation buses into showers and toilets on wheels to deliver hygiene and rekindle dignity. Today, Lava Mae is taking “Radical Hospitality” to the street by bringing humanity, innovation, and collaboration to the way services are provided to those experiencing homelessness.

Their work is rooted in three beliefs:

  1. Opportunity unfolds when people are treated with dignity.
  1. When it comes to dignity, society has different standards for those with resources vs those who lack them.
  1. Delivering an unexpected level of care to people moving through homelessness restores dignity, rekindles optimism, and fuels a sense of opportunity.

To-date, Lava Mae has touched the lives of more than 3,000 individuals who have taken 15,000+ showers on our mobile units, inspired replication of our hygiene services, innovated new one-stop Pop-Up Care Villages to more effectively meet the needs of homeless neighbors, and dramatically raised awareness about the lack of access to showers and basic hygiene across the U.S. and around the globe.




“Hardworking heroes move faster than City Hall to help homeless,” San Francisco Chronicle

“Lava Mae Is Turning Old Buses into Bathrooms and Showers for San Francisco’s Homeless,” Business Insider

Funded through the Reva and David Logan Foundation


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