THE IRWS SHOWERS PROGRAM
Showers are a basic necessity, but finding accessible and hygienic showers is extremely challenging for individuals experiencing homelessness. Public restrooms rarely include showers and fail to meet the needs of those experiencing homelessness. Even in shelters, individuals are often limited to sharing a single shower with dozens of other residents. Inaccessibility to showers has severe consequences on the health and wellness of our community members.
For two years, the IRWS Showers Program has alleviated this problem by providing Davis community members experiencing homelessness with free access to clean showers, toiletries, and towels every week. By operating at the UC Davis campus, the IRWS Showers Program maximizes convenience and accessibility for all community members. Without sufficient funds, the IRWS Showers Program is at high risk of closing down at the end of winter quarter.
To ensure that the IRWS Showers Program can continue to serve our community, HOPE at Davis will collect donations to assist with the program’s insurance and facility fees.
"We call on all of our fellow UC Davis staff, faculty, and students to support the IRWS Showers Program by following the UC Davis Principles of Community and advocating for the use of our facilities in productive and inclusive ways."
The IRWS Showers Program is an extension of Interfaith Rotating Winter Shelter (nonprofit 501(c)3) and made possible with the support of community volunteers, student volunteers, faculty, and campus staff. To learn more about other services offered by IRWS visit https://interfaith-shelter.org/
Ways to Support
1. Visit the GoFundMe page to donate directly to the IRWS Showers Program.
2. February 19 - Stop by our table at the Memorial Union after 11AM to buy delicious homemade pastries! All proceeds from our bake sale will go to the IRWS Showers Program.
3. March 2 - Attend our FREE film screening of “The Right to Rest” followed by a Panel Discussion on Homelessness at Sciences Lecture Hall 123 from 6-8 PM. Donations collected during this event will go to the IRWS Showers Program.