With dozens of resource tents and tables flanking the steps of the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL), multilingual signs waving in the wind directing guests, and a stream of volunteers in bright blue shirts ready to help, Lava Mae hosted an employment-focused Pop-Up Care Village in the Commons on March 27th. The event provided a one-stop-shop for employment services for people experiencing homelessness, from free job preparedness advice, to hygiene kits, adult education opportunities, clothes, health services, food, books, and haircuts.
Founded in 2013, Lava Mae is a non-profit organization that fosters Radical Hospitality – transforming how essential services are deployed to unhoused individuals in the Bay Area and Los Angeles. Converting buses into showers and toilets, Lava Mae has served over 10,000 guests providing much needed access to hygiene resources. Lava Mae offers free hot shower services in the Commons every Tuesday from 8am – 1:30pm adjacent to the SFPL on Fulton Street and hosts Pop-Up Care Villages quarterly.
At the quarterly Pop-up Care Villages, many partners work together to provide key services for Lava Mae’s guests in one centralized location. Partners include: Project Homeless Connect, SFPL, San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium’s Street Outreach Services, GLIDE, Code Tenderloin, Toolworks, Episcopal Community Services – Adult Education Center, One Degree, and others. Beyond convening partners, Lava Mae also creates a vibrant street fair atmosphere at their Pop-Up Care Villages – with brightly colored Civic Center Commons bistro tables for breakfast and lunch, cornhole games and musicians playing for the guests.
If you want to join Lava Mae’s efforts to practice Radical Hospitality, volunteer as a group or individual to help support these community events.