As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, Our Father’s House borrowed mobile showers and portable toilets for the Fitchburg homeless community. Initially they were provided to keep people clean during the pandemic, but it revealed an unmet need with more than 50 people utilizing this free service daily. In July, it came time to return those units and Our Father’s House decided to invest in their own as a permanent solution.
Headwall, along with a handful of other community businesses and organizations, eagerly helped sponsor the purchase of the new mobile shower unit, which was delivered to the shelter on August 10th. The unit is insulated and has air conditioning so it can be used throughout the year and it makes stops in Fitchburg, Leominster, Gardner, Athol, and Winchendon.
Kevin MacLean, Director of Homeless Services for Our Father’s House, said in a recent Sentinel & Enterprise article that a shower gives people their dignity back and makes them feel worthy. “I’ve got people going to detox now that never wanted to go because they weren’t clean,” he said. “This unit has given us the opportunity to talk to people when they feel better about themselves.”
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