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Lava Mae
San Francisco, CA, San Francisco, CA
About Us
Our Mission:
From transportation to transformation... 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.
No matter who you are or how you live you still deserve equal rights. Even if you may not be able to have everything, you still have earned a good wash!”
Kokwe, 5th Grade
How We Work - San Francisco & Los Angeles
Lava Mae is disrupting the way Communities see and serve people moving through homelessness.
We do this by shining a light on our shared humanity, driving innovation in programming and inspiring collaboration, we're catalyzing change.

Volunteers are the heart and soul of our programs and the face of our Radical Hospitality.
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