KOHLER, WI/ACCESSWIRE/October 17, 2022/ Kohler launches partnership with LavaMaeX to provide support for its mobile shower program in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Oakland as well as funding for seven community service providers to expand access to showers and other essential care services for homeless people . This partnership will provide approximately 20,000 showers to thousands of people within the homeless population in various cities across the United States.
“We intimately understand the power a shower can have – the confidence and sense of well-being it can create.” said Scott Edmunds, Vice President of Marketing for North America for Kohler Co. “Help from LavaMaeˣ and its network of community service providers helps open doors to housing and employment opportunities for the homeless population, in addition to the overall positive impact it can have on the surrounding community.”
Funding through the LavaMaeˣ grant program will help local vendors buy or build shower trailers, as well as provide other community solutions. Another part of the program focuses on access to showers and essential care services directly through LavaMaeˣ sites. Its weekly shower locations in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area host an average of 600 guests each year. Additionally, these sites function as a training ground for community service providers who launch their own LavaMaeˣ-inspired mobile services across the country.
There are over half a million homeless people in the United States. While homeless people need multiple support mechanisms, studies show that access to good hygiene can transform lives. In addition to funding mobile showers, Kohler is launching a campaign to educate associates, customers and consumers about the lack of access to safe sanitation in homeless communities. Using her broad touchpoints with people across the United States, Kohler shares real stories of the impact a clean shower has had on homeless people, raising awareness and funds for LavaMae.X.
Community service providers supported through this program include Cloud Covered Streets (Phoenix, AZ and Fort Worth, TX), ShowerUp (Chicago, IL, Huntsville, AL, Wichita, KS and Nashville, TN), Showering Love (Pompano Beach, Fort Lauderdale and South Broward County, FL), Humanity Showers (San Diego, CA), WAVE Project (Detroit, MI), Shower Power NYC (New York City, NY) and Street Angels (Milwaukee, WI ).
“This support from Kohler will extend support to our growing network around the world and in the United States. We treat every guest with dignity and care and the essential services we bring to the streets support people experiencing homelessness. and being seen through mobile shower and care services are changing lives. Thanks to Kohler, more of our homeless neighbors will have access to this care,” comments Kris Kepler, CEO of LavaMaeˣ.
Kohler’s support of LavaMaeˣ stems from the company’s operating philosophy, Believe in Better, which is built on three pillars: better planet, better communities and better lives. Within Better Communities, Kohler takes a holistic approach to its social impact efforts and considers how its initiatives work together to ensure the long-term health, well-being and prosperity of the communities it serves through the drinking water and sanitation, education, arts and history. preservation and the health and well-being of the community.
More information on initiatives under Kohler’s Believing in Better philosophy can be found in the company’s first Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) report highlighting environmental sustainability goals and progress. , diversity, equity and inclusion and social impact.
LavaMaeˣ is a non-profit organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area that teaches people around the world to bring mobile showers and other essential care services to the streets. With a mission to change the way the world sees and serves homeless people, LavaMaeˣ has directly served more than 32,500 Californians with mobile showers and pop-up care villages. Its Radical Hospitality® approach – meeting people wherever they are with extraordinary care – helps restore dignity, rekindle optimism and fuel a sense of opportunity. Learn more about how LavaMaeˣ is evolving its model at www.lavamaex.org.
About Kohler Co.
Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wisconsin, Kohler Co. is one of America’s oldest and largest privately held companies, with more than 40,000 associates. With more than 50 manufacturing locations worldwide, Kohler is a global leader in the design, innovation and manufacture of kitchen and bath products; motors and power systems; luxury cabinets and tiles; and owner/operator of two five-star hotel and golf destinations in Kohler, Wisconsin and St. Andrews, Scotland. The company also develops solutions to address pressing issues, such as clean water and sanitation, for underserved communities around the world to improve the quality of life for current and future generations. For details, please visit kohlercompany.com.
Vicki Valdez Hafenstein
Kohler Co. Public Relations
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