Making a difference one shower at a time
The Sunnyside Shower Project was established in January of 2021 based on conversations between housed and unhoused neighbors in which many houseless people living in Sunnyside (a neighborhood in Southeast Portland, Oregon) identified the need for a safe and reliable place to shower and maintain their hygiene. Over time, the Shower Project has expanded to offer toiletry items, laundry cards, clean clothes, food, COVID vaccines and other support.
The Shower Project initially offered showers on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at the Sunnyside Methodist Church. As interest increased and the pool of volunteers grew, Saturday afternoons became shower days as well. Each afternoon offers six 30-minute shower opportunities—a mix of scheduled appointments and drop-in guests.
Volunteers greet guests as they arrive, cleaning the bathroom after each use, organizing and soliciting donations, de-escalating situations when necessary, and connecting houseless neighbors to other services when possible.
We are based at the Sunnyside Methodist Church at 3520 SE Yamhill in Portland, Oregon.
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