our impact

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 critical services to help people experiencing homelessness persevere in seeking employment and housing.

Lava Mae has served 15,000+ guests who have taken 52,000+ 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 100+ new mobile hygiene programs across the U.S. and around the world, and launched the first-ever open source toolkit + platform to help people everywhere replicate our mobile hygiene service in their own communities.

our progress

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.

our footprint

Increasing access to hygiene and more for Californians in need.


services and community

Mobilizing service partners + volunteers to bring critical services to the streets through Pop-Up Care Villages.


going global

Helping people everywhere replicate our shower service in their own cities with the first-ever open-source mobile hygiene toolkit.


stories from the street

We’re honored to share behind-the-scenes reflections about what Lava Mae means to those we serve.

"You Could Feel Like a Million Bucks”

Juan & Albert

"I Walk Down the Streets with my Head Held High"

Luis Miranda

"They're Like My Tuesday Family"


donate today

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.