Hygiene Access is a Public Health Issue
This past year was unprecedented and extremely challenging for us all, as we navigated the COVID-19 pandemic and adapted to the new norm of staying home more often, wearing masks, socially distancing and staying connected virtually with loved ones and co-workers.
For our unhoused neighbors, many of whom already have respiratory problems and compromised immune systems, “staying at home” is impossible. Libraries, gyms and coffee shops have often been their lifelines, providing drinking water, bathrooms and showers. But now many of these places are closed indefinitely or have restricted access to their facilities.
We've always known that hygiene access is a public health issue. When even one person doesn't have access to proper hygiene, the health of the entire community is at risk.
Since our founding in 2016, our goal has been to help provide access to those in need throughout Los Angeles County. In 2020, we learned how to quickly adapt to the pandemic and to scale our services in ways we hadn’t previously considered or thought possible. And we managed to do this on a shoestring budget.
Through all the obstacles and frustrations that came with 2020 we have been happily surprised and inspired by the kindness and generosity of our community members.
Their support allowed us to resume our Mobile Hygiene Service in June and add a Street Outreach Service for unhoused Veterans in October. Our impact has grown significantly -- from serving 200 people a week to providing hygiene essentials to nearly 5,000 unhoused and low-income individuals and families a month through our direct services and impactful local partnerships.
At Project Ropa, we are more motivated than ever to hit our goal of providing 2,000 unhoused people a week with vital hygiene supplies, PPE, sanitizing supplies, food and drinking water. But to achieve this goal, we need your support.
Here’s how you can help:
1.) Donate $1, $5, $25, $100 -- any amount is incredibly helpful to cover the increase in our operating expenses from the pandemic.
2.) Share this page with your friends and family! By doing so, you will amplify our message and let others know what we need.