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 + toilets on wheels to deliver hygiene and rekindle dignity for our unhoused neighbors in San Francisco.
Since then, we’ve delivered 69,000+ showers to 19,000+ guests, expanded to Los Angeles and East Bay, and innovated one-stop Pop-Up Care Villages to dramatically expand access to essential services for people living on the streets.
We’ve also launched the first-ever mobile hygiene how-to toolkit and inspired 136+ new mobile hygiene programs modeled after ours.
Pop-Up Care Villages
Inspired by Lava Mae to Build Mobile Showers
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.