This Guy Is Going Around St. Louis Helping The Homeless Shower And Shave

July 11, 2016

Meet this guy, he's awesome! His name's Jake Austin, and he's been helping homeless people in St. Louis by joining volunteer groups to give out free stuff like food and clothes for years.

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He was giving out things like soap and sanitation goods but realized there was no place for the people to use them.

Enter "Shower the People" -- a mobile shower unit that gives homeless people the safe place they need!

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Austin bought a used truck on Craigslist for $5,000 and raised a bit more cash through a GoFundMe campaign to renovate the interior.

The interior is equipped with two showers, sinks and mirrors.

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For water, the truck connects to fire hydrants and uses an external generator for power.

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This allows the truck to travel across the city providing warm showers, a nice shave and an environment for homeless people to feel a bit more, normal, I guess.

The truck can serve up to 60 people a day!

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Not only has he set up this awesome truck, he also has an initiative called "Raise the Bar" where he employs homeless people to make soap!

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I thought that was an awesome thing for someone to do and that it needed to be shared.

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(h/t) imgur. Learn more about Austin and his initiative at ShowerToThePeopleStL.org.

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