Nonprofits provide showers to homeless in Sandy area
Earlier this year, the Sandy City Council made addressing homelessness a goal for the next term. However, nonprofits throughout Sandy have been dreaming up ways to help their houseless neighbors for years. One project in particular Patricia Kendrick of Sandy Activity Night, among others, has been hoping to see realized in Sandy is a shower cart service.
Kendrick -- along with volunteers from Love One, Sandy Connect, Sandy Community Action Center and DD&MH Provider of Oregon -- hosted the community's first shower cart night at Sandy Community Church, 39290 Scenic St., in conjunction with Kendrick's established free community meal earlier this month. The cart will now be available for use every second Thursday of the month at the church.
"I've been trying to get this for years," Kendrick said at a volunteer training for the shower cart. "So, when I saw someone was already taking the initiative, I wanted to work with them."
Love One provides all items needed to shower, such as razors, shaving cream, body wash, shampoo and conditioner. They also have towels on hand and provide everyone with clean undergarments and socks.
"We like to send them home with a base level of clean clothing," explained Sharon Coryell, who runs the Love One shower cart.
Love One purchased the shower cart in December 2020 and has since facilitated more than 400 showers. Sandy Activity Night hosts a community meal every Thursday from 3-5 p.m. at the Sandy Community Church, sometimes serving more than 90 people a week. There will be a meal available by delivery or takeout on July 8, though a menu has yet to be published.
To keep up with the meal program, visit the public Facebook group.
The cart is open to any and all who need it, as is the dinner. For more information about Love One, visit the nonprofit's website.
"We know one shower a month isn't the solution, but it is a good step forward," Kendrick said. "We're hoping with more volunteers to be able to expand our schedule."
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