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 homeless guests in San Francisco.

Today, we’re taking Radical Hospitality to the street by bringing humanity, innovation, and collaboration to the way services are delivered to those moving through homelessness.

To-date, Lava Mae has served more than 4,000 individuals who have taken 20,000+ showers on our mobile units, dramatically raised awareness about the lack of access to showers and basic hygiene for our homeless neighbors, and inspired new mobile hygiene programs across the U.S. and abroad.

Now we’re amplifying our impact globally by making it as easy as possible to replicate our mobile hygiene services and other programs in cities everywhere.

the lava mae team

Paul Asplund

Director, LA Pop-Up Care Villages

Leah Filler

Impact and New Programs Director

Sanjay Gupta

Mobile Services Manager, LA

Priyam Joshi

Marketing Strategist

Jamie Ramirez

Manager, Bay Area Pop-Up Care Villages

Doniece Sandoval

Founder/Chief Executive Officer

Deborah Schneider

Director External Relations

Vanessa Wellmann

Chief Operating Officer

want to join our team?

We’re always looking for great team members to join our frontline staff. If you have the skills + desire to deliver radical hospitality to people experiencing homelessness,
send us your resume!

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