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Free showers return to San Luis Obispo Library for community members in need

Posted at 5:02 PM, Jul 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-06 01:25:06-04

After taking a break for several months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, local non-profit organization Shower the People is partnering again with the San Luis Obispo Library to provide free showers to community members in need.

According to a spokesperson for the San Luis Obispo Library, free showers will be available every Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m., starting July 5. The shower trailer will be located between the library at 995 Palm Street and the adjacent parking garage.

Rick Grether, the operations manager of Shower the People, said for many community members in need, a shower is a confidence booster.

"It's really life-changing and it's healthy. It keeps people healthy," said Grether.

Shower the People provides a trailer with three private bathrooms, each equipped with a sink, toilet and full shower. Clean towels and washcloths are provided, along with dispensers of biodegradable soap, shampoo and basic personal care items, according to the spokesperson.

Hot showers are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, said the library spokesperson.

According to a news release, Shower the People says its hope is that "by providing our homeless access to a warm shower, we will enhance their opportunities to more comfortably integrate into the community."