programs

Mobile Hygiene Services

Shower Power Plus was created by Build a Bus Home (BABH) to provide a way for municipalities in Thurston County to meet part of the basic hygiene needs and reduce the health and environmental impacts of some of the most at-risk homeless residents. The basic health and safety needs of homeless residents is a challenge when many go without basic hygiene services, such as showers and hand-washing and this leads to other consequences for general safety and health of our communities.

The Build A Bus Home Shower Power Plus program welcomes any and every person visiting and requesting a shower and clean clothes.  Additionally, we provide a warm meal, food, clothing donations and service referrals at each shower event. We served nearly 1,200 guests between September 2021 and March 2022.

SHOWER POWER PLUS has provided hygiene services to homeless guests in Thurston County since July 2020. It can serve up to 40 guests in a 6-hour day using CDC-prescribed COVID-19 safety precautions. The program serves homeless and low-income persons in Thurston County. Based on 2020 Point in Time Census data this population is 54% male, LGBTQ 12%, 48% mental health issues, 40% chronic health issues, 35% physical health issues, 25% substance abuse issues and 15% claim developmental disabilities. 74% say they have been homeless more than one year. This population showed a 46% increase over 2019. Our initial guests are 75% single males, 5% single females, and 20% couples: some with children. Our guests fit the above data profile. 

Building Affordable Housing Options

building homes from surplus school buses

Build A Bus Home (BABH), a Washington State nonprofit organization, was founded by Lisa Gillotti in January 2018. It was started in response to an urgent need for affordable housing and social programs designed to help the homeless and low-income populations in Thurston County.  BABH is invested in making a difference by offering an alternative to our growing problems.

We are creating a strong community to empower people and encourage cooperative strategies in our community. We will be building bus conversion homes together and creating a community of caring people to meet basic needs.

Mobile Village of Care

Mobile Laundry, food, supplies, clothing

Our program is developing to provide access to wrap-around services and information while using our facilities.  We are working with community and government agencies to connect our guests with services such as haircuts, gas vouchers, acquiring first aid, tents and supplies, government phones, a needle exchange program, and referrals to behavioral and mental health services.  We feel this will generate a village support system that is wide-reaching and available every week, same time, same place, with familiar trusted volunteers.  

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