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PHOTO OF WEEK: Our TWE Book Launch is Tonight-Oct. 7-at Book Passage

Join us for our 20 Women Changemakers
Book Launch Tonight!

WE ARE EXCITED. Tonight–Oct. 7, 2017- is the night we officially launch our 20 WOMEN CHANGEMAKERS (www.changemakersbook.com) at Book Passage, a wonderful bookstore in Corte Madera, CA. Please come and join us if you are in the San Francisco area.

Invite to Book Passage Book Party

Our panel is terrific…our radio host Stacey Gualandi will be there along with 20 WOMEN CHANGEMAKER Doniece Sandoval, the founder of LAVA MAE. Laurie McAndish King, a TWE contributor and award-winning author, will be the moderator.

Treats with an international flavor in honor of our women from around the world will be featured. Join us!

Doniece Sandoval, Founder of Lava Mae Leads a Mobile Hygiene Revolution for the Homeless

Doniece Sandoval – Founder of Lava Mae.

Doniece Sandoval – Founder of Lava Mae.

Doniece Sandoval – Lava Mae – Bringing Showers to the Homeless

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A BRAND NEW conversation on The Women’s Eye Radio with host Stacey Gualandi and Doniece Sandoval, founder of Lava Mae, which brings showers and dignity to the homeless.

We first profiled Doniece and her organization for The Women’s Eye in 2014; now she is one of several women who are featured in the newly released “20 Women Changemakers: Taking Action Around the World.”

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“Doniece Sandoval”

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Lava Mae Bus

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After observing an overwhelming number of homeless individuals in San Francisco who were stripped of their dignity without a simple daily shower, Doniece launched Lava Mae almost five years ago, by retrofitting buses into mobile showers. This “radical hospitality” has been transformative in improving services for those less fortunate and changing the face of homelessness in San Francisco.

Her approach to solving an overwhelming problem is catching on in a big way across the country. Lava Mae has branched out to Los Angeles, now offers “Pop-Up Care Villages,” and shows others how to follow her lead with BUILDIT toolkits.

Doniece shares why she went a whole week without showering, who are the people Lava Mae serves, how we can all spread this service to other communities and what it feels like to be called a “superhero” by her daughter.

We are also thrilled to announce that on October 7th, Doniece will be included in a panel including Stacey, as well as author and moderator Laurie McAndish King, at  Book Passage in Corte Madera, CA, as part of the launch of “20 Women Changemakers: Taking Action Around the World.”

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: Lava Mae Delivers Dignity One Shower at a Time

Doniece Sandoval Makes a Difference in the Lives of the Homeless
with the Mobile Showers of Lava Mae

We like to feature photos of some of the TWE women who come up with inspiring solutions to social problems. Doniece Sandoval is just that person as you’ll see in our TWE interview.

She came up with the idea of outfitting a bus with mobile showers
when she saw the lack of facilities for the underserved in San Francisco.

Doniece Sandoval, founder Lava Mae

 As Doniece told TWE,
“If you can put gourmet food on wheels and take it anywhere, why not showers and toilets.”

Just take a look at her “A Pair of Pants” blog on Lava Mae. It shines the light on a day in the life of  Lava Mae  and the complexities that the organization faces.

Photo: Lava Mae


INTERVIEW: Doniece Sandoval’s Lava Mae Brings Showers and Dignity to the Homeless

Doniece Sandoval, founder Lava Mae

Doniece Sandoval in front of lava mae bus

UPDATE: 6/2/17: Doniece Sandoval named a 2017 CNN Hero of the Year! Congrats, Doniece!

UDPATE: 2/9/15: Lava Mae Showered with Accolades and Opportunities for Growth

UPDATE 10/3/14: Doniece is working on getting a second Lava Mae bus on the road. She says the impact with the first bus has been amazing. They’ve launched an IndieGoGo campaign you can check out here.

By Patricia Caso/August 3, 2014
Photos: Courtesy Lava Mae

TWITTER: @lavamae

Homelessness is a major concern and complex issue in a growing number of cities around the world. Like many I have donated clothes and given money to agencies and organizations. San Francisco’s Doniece Sandoval went much further and came up with a way to bring dignity to the homeless, “one shower at a time.”

“I thought if you can put gourmet food on wheels and take it anywhere, why not showers and toilets? So, the idea for Lava Mae was born!”  Doniece Sandoval

She’s done it by retrofitting a bus and naming it Lava Mae, a twist on Spanish for “wash me.” Doniece does not purport to end homelessness, but rather to make a small but significant difference in the lives of the overlooked.

I was inspired after speaking with  Doniece to find out about her motivation and how Lava Mae came to be. I think you will be too!…  [Read more…]

TOP 10: Woman Creates Mobile Showers for San Francisco’s Homeless

Lava Mae Busses for Homeless in San Francisco/Photo: Lava Mae

Woman Creates Mobile Showers for San Francisco’s Homeless: Rebecca Rose–jezebel.com–6/25/14–Photo: Lava Mae