St. Louisans working to bring showers to the homeless

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HAZELWOOD, MO (KTVI) - Two advocates for the homeless in St. Louis are hoping to help them make a clean break of it, with an idea they call 'Shower to the People.'

'When people think about helping the homeless, it`s usually sandwiches and blankets and coats,' said Pastor Jake Austin, who with help from a friend at another church, has been turning an old tool truck into a mobile shower facility for the homeless.

'When this new food truck craze hit America I got to thinking one day why couldn`t we put showers in a truck?' Austin said.

They started a GoFundMe page and in 15 days had the money they needed to buy the truck.

Apache RV Village is donating the materials and labor to outfit the truck as a mobile shower facility with room for two visitors at a time.

Other donors have showered the project with soap and shampoo.

'Folks can be well fed. Folks can have plenty of bedding when they sleep, but if they can`t take a shower it is kind of hard to get a job, it is kind of hard to be motivated and have self-esteem and better your situation,' Austin said. 'You can`t get a job flipping burgers if you haven`t showered in three months.'

Shower to the People says it has already talked to several shelters, and made arrangements to pay the city for the water, which it will get from hooking up to fire hydrants, and drain the runoff into the sewers.

They hope to hit the streets in August.

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