Providence has launched a mobile unit to give showers, haircuts, and medical services to residents who are homeless. Organizers believe this is first trailer in the country to offer all these services in one place.
After seeing a trailer in the Midwest that was giving showers to the homeless, and a YoutTube video of a barber in the UK giving a homeless individual a shower, entrepreneur Bret Williams thought "why not do that in my home state of Rhode Island and take it a step further?"
Williams, along with nonprofit homeless service organization House of Hope and city of Providence, launched what they’re calling the Shower to Empower mobile navigation unit. Attached to the back of a pickup truck, the trailer has two individual showers, heated floors, an area for haircuts, and an enclosed private medical space.
John May, from Williams’ LLC Team Williams, says they hope this trailer will give hope to people experiencing homelessness.
"The Empower message comes from the showers and haircuts. Being able to help them best better their situation, restore dignity, restore pride, you know their outlook on the day, on their life," said May.
At the beginning, the trailer will be parked in areas around Providence for three to four hours a day on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with five staff members.
According to a report in December by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, more than a thousand individuals in Rhode Island are homeless.