PLANO — How would you describe a hot shower? Some say a basic need, others call it a luxury.
Lance Olinski, founder of Streetside Showers says everyone deserves a shower. “What we are trying to do is restore some dignity.”
He had an RV made with two bathrooms inside, and for a few months has been driving it around North Texas. He parks it at certain locations and homeless people stop by to take a shower. “It really becomes more than just a shower.”
Every person gets a fresh pair of underwear and a warm pair of socks.
Olinski says some people have no idea when their next shower will be, and getting clean is crucial to getting a job.
On Mondays the RV is parked at 505 Titus Street in McKinney at 5pm. On Tuesdays it’s located as 901 18th Street in Plano from 2pm-5pm. And on Sundays it’s at 107 Lamar Street in McKinney.
Gino Cobb stops at the Plano location often. “It’s kind of a hard place to be in is being homeless, and not having much.” He is looking for a job and says he truly appreciates having somewhere he can consistently shower. “It’s very important, that’s like the foundation of getting a job, like the first impression.”
Olinski provides food, soap, toothbrushes, and warm hugs for people who stop by, also. “Homelessness is not a personally trait,” he says. “Homelessness is a situation, so unfortunately people get into a situation where they are experiencing homelessness.”
He is working on getting another RV right now, to give people in Downtown Dallas the same experience.