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 + 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.

our progress


Guests Served


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.

"You Could Feel Like a Million Bucks”

Juan & Albert

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


"They're Like My Tuesday Family"

Paul & Annie


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.