igniting a radical hospitality® movement

Lava Mae is a San Francisco–based nonprofit that delivers mobile showers and other critical services to the street, where people moving through homelessness need them most.

Founded by Doniece Sandoval in 2013, we began by converting public transportation buses into showers and toilets on wheels to deliver hygiene to our neighbors moving through homelessness.

We are a social services organization, but our heart is in the hospitality business. Lava Mae calls the people we serve our guests, we treat them with respect and work hard to make sure they leave feeling better than when they arrived.

This is Radical Hospitality®, and we believe that opportunity unfolds when people are treated with dignity and that people everywhere will rise to the level of care they are offered.

stories from the street

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

5 Years of Radical Hospitality

"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

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.