April Showers and an Amazing May

Shower the People SLO gave 388 showers in April and 446 showers in May, 2022, at our three sites. Our showerers included 77 first-timers who had never showered with us before.

Helping People and Pets Alike

Marianne Bollinger of the Central Coast Partnership for Animal Welfare is at the UU Church parking lot even before the Shower the People trailer arrives. She brings a free hot breakfast for the early risers to eat while they wait for us to set up the trailer. Marianne also keeps the self-serve Little Free Pantry at the UU site well-stocked with pet food, and helps homeless people arrange veterinary care for their pets.

A Big March

Shower the People SLO gave 424 showers in March, 2022 at our three sites. Our showerers included 14 first-timers who had never showered with us before. We gave away 328 pairs of socks, 266 pairs of boxer shorts, and 274 T-shirts.

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Nurse Navigator Allison Brandum, from the SLO County Public Health Department, comes to our shower sites in San Luis Obispo and Grover Beach regularly to help our guests get their health needs met.

I just wanted to say thank you for all of your donations especially the shower. Some people just stop by for a lunch, wipes, t-shirt, etc. and skip showering. But, you always manage to provide the need. Many thanks! Your volunteers are such wonderful people. Always glad to help in any way they can. Kind, patient & caring. I am definitely one person changed (one shower at a time). God bless you all for thinking of us.

A Thank You Card from a Guest

“I just wanted to say thank you for all of your donations especially the shower. Some people just stop by for a lunch, wipes, t-shirt, etc. and skip showering. But, you always manage to provide the need. Many thanks! Your volunteers are such wonderful people. Always glad to help in any way they can. Kind, patient & caring. I am definitely one person changed (one shower at a time). God bless you all for thinking of us.”

A Showerful Year

Shower the People SLO gave more than 3,000 showers to people in our community in 2021. That made 2021 our biggest year so far. Thank you to the volunteers, donors, and other supporters who have made this possible, and to our guests who keep coming back and recommending our service to their friends.

New Times Features Shower the People SLO

Thanks to volunteers, Shower the People gives its guests a chance to put their best foot forward. So begins the article in the SLO New Times’ January 2022 “Volunteers” issue. “We can handle all the volunteers that come because there is always something,” director Gwen Watkins said. “Our volunteers, I can’t tell you how wonderful they are. It’s fun to work with them.”

Rain or Shine

Our guests know they can rely on us to be there even when the weather’s soggy. After all, that’s when a warm shower and dry socks feel the best.

New Charging Station

Our new electric charging station has been a hit. Guests appreciate the opportunity to charge up their phones and other devices while they shower or wait for a shower.

Shower The People Is an Information Hub

Shower The People has produced a series of resource information cards about free and low-cost food, clothing, and shelter resources in SLO and the Five Cities. We make these cards available at our greeter station to help our guests become more aware of how to meet basic needs.

the Shower The People trailer decorated and in the holiday parade

Suds for the Holidays

On December 3rd, 2021, the Shower the People trailer, covered in lights and emerging from a cloud of bubbles, participated in the 45th Downtown SLO Holiday Parade!

(Human)Kindness

HumanKind Fair Trade in San Luis Obispo donated 10% from on-line and in-store sales on November 1, 2021 to Shower The People SLO.

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Shower the People at the Vets Stand Down

For the third consecutive year, Shower The People SLO offered free showers at the Santa Barbara County Veterans Stand Down, which was held on October 16, 2021 this year.

Volunteer Party

For our Volunteer Party all who could attend spent a sunny afternoon hobnobbing with each other, eating great food, with great music from Change of Plans, and exceptional dogs.

live band at the Shower the People volunteer party
Vaccines Start Here

A pop-up vaccination clinic coordinated with Shower the People on June 15, 2021.