• Jacksonville church providing showers to homeless with mobile shower unit

    By: Danielle Avitable , Action News Jax


    A local group is providing showers to people who are homeless and it’s all being done out of a mobile shower unit.

    Ian McCarthy throws toiletry items like a toothbrush, razor, soap, and shampoo into a plastic bag.

     “Everything you think you might need to clean your body and ears out and brush your teeth,” McCarthy said.

    He drives a mobile shower unit weekly to give people without a home a place to clean up.

    “I feel refreshed. it’s better than walking around smelling,” Lonnie Sowers said.

    The unit is equipped with four showers and McCarthy said his pastor got the idea while in a coffee shop.

    “There was a homeless gentleman in there bathing in a sink for like 30 minutes,” McCarthy said.

    After donations and fundraisers, they were able to make his idea a reality.

    “We believe that love cleans, literally showers,” McCarthy said.

    For McCarthy this is something that is close to his heart because he was homeless for four years.

    “Being clean really builds your self-esteem,” McCarthy said.

    Besides being able to leave feeling fresh, several of the people without homes also left with a fresh start.

    “Through the process, we helped some homeless people get off the streets and be productive members of society,” McCarthy said. 

    The church is also in need of donations such as toiletry items. If you want to donate, items can be dropped off at the church located at 2001 Ernest Street.

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