From launching local to growing global.
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 unhoused neighbors in San Francisco.
Today, we’re taking Radical Hospitality to the streets by bringing humanity, innovation and collaboration to the way services are delivered to people experiencing homelessness.
Lava Mae has served 10,000+ guests who have taken 35,000+ showers on our mobile units across Los Angeles and the Bay Area, and innovated one-stop Pop-Up Care Villages to dramatically expand access to essential services for people living on the streets. We’ve also inspired dozens of new mobile hygiene programs across the U.S. and around the world, and recently launched the first-ever open source toolkit + platform to help people everywhere replicate our mobile hygiene service in their own communities.
Today, we’re delivering mobile hygiene to thousands across the Bay Area + Los Angeles, hosting Pop-Up Care Villages to bring essential services to the streets, and helping cities everywhere replicate our mobile hygiene service.
services and community
Mobilizing service partners + volunteers to bring critical services to the streets through Pop-Up Care Villages.
stories from the street
We’re honored to share behind-the-scenes reflections about what Lava Mae means to those we serve.
Help us expand access to hygiene, dignity and opportunity for people experiencing homelessness.
team lava mae
Hailing from across the Bay Area and Los Angeles, our talented team brings a deep bench of expertise, a wide array of professional experiences, and a multitude of personal passions. Many of us began as Lava Mae volunteers; all of us joined our team because we were inspired by Lava Mae’s mission and believe that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity, compassion and kindness regardless of where you live.