Shower the People has temporarily suspended our mobile shower service due to the presence of the coronavirus in our communities. We have all seen a lot of changes to our lives recently but we want you to know that we will restart our shower program as soon as we get the all clear. Meanwhile, shower the people you love with love.
March 2020 — News and Updates
Site Gratitude Edition
Without our partners in the community who allow us to use their space and resources to offer showers to our clients, Shower the People SLO could not operate! A huge thanks to those who welcome everyone in our community with open arms and with a hand up!
New Shower Site!
Shower the People SLO is excited to announce our newest shower location, the Unitarian Universalist Church in San Luis Obispo.
Showers are offered every Tuesday, from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm.
Thank you, UU!!
Our Other Locations
San Luis Obispo Library
Sundays, 1:00-3:30 pm
995 Palm St.
San Luis Obispo
South County People’s Kitchen
Mondays, 10:30 am – 1 pm
Thursdays, 10:30 am – 1pm
946 Rockaway Ave.
Community Health Center Oceano
Wednesdays, 10:30am – 1:00pm
1941 Cienaga St. (Hwy. 1)
June 2019 – News and Updates
Volunteer Spotlight: Sue Andersen
Sue Andersen, our newly appointed STP Board member, is the President and CEO of Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria, and Arroyo Grande Community Hospital. She was appointed in July, 2018, and prior to that was a Service Area Chief Financial Officer for Dignity Health and Hospital CFO for Marian, French and hospitals in Southern California. She and her husband Steve live in Nipomo with their two grown children and their dog Max. They have lived on the Central Coast for the past 27 years.
Sue said, “The mission of our hospitals is to serve our communities and Shower the People fits right in with that. I was introduced to Gwen Watkins by a mutual friend who thought that I could be of help. At that time, STP was struggling to raise funds and didn’t have the shower unit yet.
It is so amazing to me to see the progress made in the last year and how far the organization has now gone with everyone’s help. Our hospitals are proud to be a small part of this through donations and helping with the towels.”
STP is pleased to have Sue join our Board of Directors. We look forward to working together to achieve our organizational goals. This collaboration is an important bridge to better the health and welfare of the guests we serve.
Since our first showers at the end of October 2018 through the end of May 2019, STP has given 1001 showers!
STP Volunteer BBQ
The couple pictured here have been guests of Shower the People since we opened our doors in November 2018. They arrive early and are always appreciative and grateful to be able to shower. They have been living in their car for the past eight months after moving here from Lake Isabella.
He told me he had a job at a local restaurant as a dishwasher within 24 hours after arriving in the Five Cities. He said they are living in their vehicle because they are saving their money to buy a small place or a piece of land and he would not be able to do that if he was paying rent.
Last week they stopped to talk to me as I was giving them toiletries prior to their shower time. They told me that he had been able to stay employed because he was able to shower regularly and stay clean, a requirement for his job.
She proudly said, “He has been promoted from dishwasher to busser to line cook at the restaurant.” She then added, “And I have been able to look clean and presentable enough to get a job with a local insurance company.” She gave me a hug and said, “This is because of the help you guys are providing us.”
They stopped by again this week and told me, “I just got promoted to Assistant Manager of that restaurant!” He then showed me the key to the restaurant, attached to his key ring. She beamed and gave him a quick kiss.
Shower The People has a new van!
In April, STP purchased a 2018 Chevrolet Express 3500 Van with the majority being funded by a generous gift from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints congregations in Arroyo Grande and Pismo Beach. The van now remains attached to the trailer and carries all the supplies and toiletries we need for several weeks at a time. All of our drivers love the new van!
March 2019 – News and Updates
Volunteer Spotlight: Rick Grether
Rick Grether brings knowledge and experience to his position of Operations Manager for Shower the People. He was instrumental in the spec and design of the Mobile Shower Unit.
Having worked as a driver for Shower of Hope, SLO, and studying the trailer design for Showers of Blessing, Santa Barbara, Rick said he had a pretty good idea of what was needed for our Shower the People mobile unit. He said, “It is huge that we have the three showers with working
toilets and sinks.” Rick spends his time managing, doing servicing and maintenance and training others in the use of the shower unit.
Rick was born in Stockton, CA. He began a lifelong career in flying at Stockton Airport where he got his private pilot’s licence, taught flying and worked for United Airlines. He went to college at San Diego State and got his degree in marketing. He moved to the Bay Area and started a flight
instruction school and an air charter services business before flying for both Hewlett Packard and United Airlines.
Rick has been married to Claire since 1976 and has four children and three grandchildren. The family lived in Half Moon Bay and SLO, after leaving the Bay Area. They moved to Shell Beach in 2006 when Rick retired from United Airlines.
Rick is very positive about his volunteer work for Shower the People, He said, “I see expansion in the future which may eventually mean the need for another trailer.”
Shower Stats for January and February
We had a total of 302 guests with 50 of them being new to our program.
Approximately 40% of our guests have been women.
Shower the People has been visiting area churches for the past three months as a part of our Community Outreach efforts. The purpose of this outreach is to describe our mission and services to groups of people who might be interested in volunteering or donating to our program as well as to thank groups of people who have already donated or served our program.
On December 9, 2008, Rick Grether, Kalleen Corley and Gwen Watkins visited the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in San Luis Obispo. After a well-received presentation focusing on the history, mission and accomplishments of STP, the congregation was invited outside for a tour of our mobile shower unit. Many people expressed interest, asked questions and wanted to know how they could help. The congregation generously donated the days offering to the STP operational costs.
January 20, 2019, Gwen Watkins, Rick and Clair Grether, Kalleen Corley, Barbara Owens, Gary and Dory Petersen, and Bill Crewe attended the Nipomo
Presbyterian Church. Rick Grether and Kalleen Corley, presented a short powerpoint and Kalleen Corley, Barbara Owens, Gary and Dory Petersen, and Bill Crewe attended the Nipomo Presbyterian Church. Rick Grether and Kalleen Corley, presented a short powerpoint and presentation emphasizing our mission, history and volunteer opportunities. The congregation toured the mobile shower unit and had an opportunity to talk to STP Board and Advisory Board members. Nipomo Presbyterian Church has generously donated and continues to donate to the operational costs of STP.
St. Barnabas Episcopal Church invited STP to set up our mobile shower unit for tours following their February 17 morning services. Gwen Watkins, Kalleen Corley, Gary and Dory Petersen and Rick and Clair Grether attended the 8 and 10 am services and provided tours and information to the congregation afterward. St. Barnabas is a generous donor to our operational costs and many people expressed interest in helping STP.
Please contact us if your church or organization would be interested in a visit from our STP Community Outreach Program.