Organization Profile

Lava Mae

Founded by Doniece Sandoval in 2013, Lava Mae began by converting public transportation buses into showers and toilets on wheels to deliver hygiene and rekindle dignity for our unhoused neighbors in San Francisco. Today, we’re taking Radical Hospitality to the streets by bringing humanity, innovation and collaboration to the way services are delivered to people experiencing homelessness. Lava Mae has served 10,000+ guests who have taken 35,000+ showers on our mobile units across Los Angeles and the Bay Area, and innovated one-stop Pop-Up Care Villages to dramatically expand access to essential services for people living on the streets. We’ve also inspired dozens of new mobile hygiene programs across the U.S. and around the world, and recently launched the first-ever open source toolkit + platform to help people everywhere replicate our mobile hygiene service in their own communities.

Hunger & Homelessness
San Francisco, CA, 94115