Mobile Operations of Dignity (MOD): Fresh Start Showers
Launched in 2016 as the premier program of our Mobile Operations of Dignity (MOD) Squad, our Fresh Start Showers is a two-shower mobile trailer that provides access to safe shower facilities and basic hygiene resources for people experiencing homelessness in San Diego County.
Our Fresh Start Showers events can provide up to 24 showers on a first-come, first-serve basis (ID is not required). Every guest receives a toiletry kit and bath towel to use during their 15 minutes in a private shower unit (or 30 minutes for senior citizens, people with disabilities, or families with minors). Our shower events also serve as a resource hub as we offer services on-site, such as food, ID vouchers, or haircuts, for guests to access while utilizing our shower services.
COVID-19 Safety Measures
To ensure the safety of our guests during the COVID-19 pandemic, we installed brand new air filtration and automated sanitation systems—courtesy of the University of San Diego—in each unit that ventilate the space every 1-2 minutes and disinfect every surface within 30-60 seconds after every shower. Masks are also required and provided for all guests, volunteers, and staff on-site.
Our Fresh Start Showers are currently operating at the following sites:
Third Avenue Charitable Organization (TACO) (Bankers Hill)
1420 Third Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
Every 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
The Compass Station (Pacific Beach)
1004 Chalcedony St., San Diego, CA 92109
Every 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Please contact our Programs and Operations Manager, Merlynn Watanabe, at firstname.lastname@example.org for program inquiries.
How You Can Support
We are always seeking volunteers and donations of hygiene items to provide holistic support to our guests!
You can also use Capital One Shopping, a free browser tool that can find savings when you shop online if you choose to donate hygiene items from another site.
Want to start a mobile shower program in your area? Download our Fresh Start Showers Manual!
Our Fresh Start Showers Manual outlines specific operations, sample budgets and program documents, FAQs, and tips for creating and launching a mobile shower program. For a small donation, you will receive our full manual within 24 hours and enable us to continue advancing basic dignity for individuals experiencing homelessness.
**Suggested donation: $25.00**