Our Mission

Through our Mobile Hygiene Service, Pop-Up Care Villages and buildIt toolkit, Lava Mae brings critical services to the streets, delivered with Radical Hospitality, to restore dignity, rekindle optimism, and fuel a sense of opportunity. Our audacious goal is to unleash a Radical Hospitality Revolution around the world.

Our work is rooted in three core principles:


Opportunity unfolds when people are treated with dignity, and everyone rises to the level of care they’re provided.


We pilot, test, and refine new programs, and share what we’ve learned with the world.


We forge creative partnerships across sectors to radically increase access to services and better meet ours guests’ needs.

What Can I Do?

Anyone can make a big difference in small ways. Here are a few:

Acknowledge. Simply making eye contact and even smiling at those you pass on the street is a good first step. It makes a difference when people are seen, rather than ignored.

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Contributions of any size make it possible to serve more people in need.

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give essentials

Personal hygiene items, undergarments, socks and clothing are vital to our guests. You can help fulfill our guests’ needs.

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Volunteers make our work possible, both individuals and groups. Sign up or drop us a line at volunteer@lavamae.org.

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