A warm shower is something most people take for granted. But for people experiencing homelessness in Macomb County getting clean is very challenging.
In Macomb County, there is one organization offering “walk-in” showers for the 2,000+ men, women and children experiencing homelessness on a daily basis (Salvation Army, serving an approximate total of 15 people on most days).
Three area churches offer a limited shower program:
“Lack of access to safe, sufficient and affordable water, sanitation and hygiene facilities has a devastating effect on the health, dignity, and prosperity of billions of people, and has significant consequences for the realization of other human rights.” -United Nations
“A lot of times that (showers) is the least of our priorities when you’re in survival mode. Getting clean is a luxury. You’re too busy trying to survive the day to day.”
“It’s (mobile showers) a good investment in humanity, and a good investment in the community.”
-Kelly, a homeless Macomb County resident
Through the generosity of private and institutional donors, WAVE Project has commissioned the fabrication of a custom shower trailer that will be pulled by a full-size pickup truck. The shower trailer will feature three private showers (each with its own changing area and toilet). It will also be engineered with the “Arctic Package” to withstand the demands of Michigan weather. The truck and trailer will be operated by WAVE Project volunteers and will make stops at partner organizations serving the homeless. On service days, we hope to provide 30 -50 showers per day in and around Metro Detroit.
We firmly believe in the power of community and need your help to make our Project a reality.
Help us love individuals experiencing homelessness in Metro Detroit by making showers accessible and available. Your donation will directly support our mission on the streets of Metro Detroit.
Dale Pittman, Sarah Pittman, Todd Burk, Laura Gordon, Todd Gordon, Chris Bokmuller
Established in 2018, WAVE Project (Welcoming All Valuing Everyone) is a grassroots nonprofit organization based in Macomb County. The founding 6 members of WAVE project were brought together by the common threads of faith, family, and a desire to make an impact by serving and loving the community.
WAVE Project exists to build relationships. From connecting with existing organizations to mobilize and equip, to directly meeting needs within the community, WAVE Project is relational at heart. The project started with a monthly Outreach BBQ event in Mount Clemens where volunteers and people experiencing homelessness alike sit down together over a meal and share their stories. Through hearing people’s stories, it became evident that access to hygiene services is a major barrier for those in the community who are experiencing homelessness.
Due to transportation, accessibility, and other barriers, members of the homeless community often go long periods of time without a shower. It quickly became apparent that Mobile Showers were a need not currently being met in the Metro Detroit region. After extensive research, and meeting with community leaders and existing organizations, a unique mission emerged for WAVE Project: to share love by providing mobile showers to those in need.
Within a year, hundreds of people were inspired to ‘Join The WAVE’ and generously donated their resources to help fund the purchase of a custom, 3 - stall mobile shower trailer. Equipped with private stalls including toilet, sink, and stand-up shower, the shower trailer rolled up to Metro Detroit in August of 2019. WAVE Project provides 30+ showers per event, and is already dreaming of future growth and expansion. With site partners on board in Macomb and Oakland counties, WAVE Project is poised to serve the homeless community in a unique way and impact generations to come.