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Radical Hospitality - One Shower at a Time

What if you couldn’t take a shower when you needed one? For over 7,500 people experiencing homelessness in San Francisco, this is the daily reality - only 16 public shower stalls are available on a drop-in basis for the thousands of men, women, and children living on our streets.

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Lava Mae is not your average San Francisco startup. The nonprofit mobile hygiene service for the homeless began by repurposing retired transportation buses into showers and toilets on wheels. Today, Lava Mae’s mobile revolution is taking Radical Hospitality to the streets and bringing humanity, innovation, and collaboration to the way homeless services are provided. In a world where we increasingly connect more to our digital devices than to each other, where being homeless often means being invisible, Lava Mae believes that compassion is as simple as honoring another’s humanity. Join Leah Filler, founding team member, to debunk myths about homelessness and learn about the innovative solutions being born right here in San Francisco.

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This talk was delivered live in June 2016 at AltConf. The video was recorded, produced, and transcribed by Realm, and is published here with the permission of the conference organizers.

Leah Filler

Leah Filler, founding member at Lava Mae, a mobile hygiene service for the homeless in San Francisco. From her background in hospitality and customer service, Leah spearheaded Lava Mae’s concept of Radical Hospitality, and oversees Impact and New Programs as the organization scales in California. Leah is a 2016 Fellow of the Global Good Fund, and a finalist in the 2015 Echoing Green Fellowship and 2014 Google Impact Challenge. She received her BA in Global Studies and Environmental Science from Lesley University.

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