Scrub a dub dub…

It is something we do everyday (maybe twice a day) without even thinking about it. It wakes us up, relaxes us and can ease away the day’s stresses… I’m talking about showering and bathing. It is something most of us take for granted: the ability to clean ourselves and freshen up anytime we want.

Homeless people do not have this luxury and it adds more stress to their already difficult journey. Not being able to clean yourself can cause lots of health problems including: foot rot and skin issues as well as emotional pain from the stigma of being unclean.

When homeless folks have access to showers and laundry it is very beneficial to their overall wellbeing and health. A shower and clean clothes are one of the first things we offer to our youth when they come to see us and it goes a long way in helping them feel better. It may seem like a small thing but when you know you are clean and smelling good it frees your mind and gives you the confidence to deal with other issues like looking for work, getting counselling and finding permanent housing.

Recently, it was announced by The Province newspaper that some of Vancouver’s community centres will be offering free showers for the homeless. I think this a wonderful way of using existing resources to help Vancouver’s homeless population. The Gathering Place is one community centre that already offers laundry, foot soaks and showers for its users and membership is only $2.00 for the entire year.

It is something we do everyday (maybe twice a day) without even thinking about it. It wakes us up, relaxes us and can ease away the day’s stresses… I’m talking about showering and bathing. It is something most of us take for granted: the ability to clean ourselves and freshen up anytime we want.

Homeless people do not have this luxury and it adds more stress to their already difficult journey. Not being able to clean yourself can cause lots of health problems including: foot rot and skin issues as well as emotional pain from the stigma of being unclean.

When homeless folks have access to showers and laundry it is very beneficial to their overall wellbeing and health. A shower and clean clothes are one of the first things we offer to our youth when they come to see us and it goes a long way in helping them feel better. It may seem like a small thing but when you know you are clean and smelling good it frees your mind and gives you the confidence to deal with other issues like looking for work, getting counselling and finding permanent housing.

Recently, it was announced by The Province newspaper that some of Vancouver’s community centres will be offering free showers for the homeless. I think this a wonderful way of using existing resources to help Vancouver’s homeless population. The Gathering Place is one community centre that already offers laundry, foot soaks and showers for its users and membership is only $2.00 for the entire year.

So scrub a dub dub and enjoy your tub!