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Bus becomes shower for the homeless

A sense of dignity

Bus becomes shower for the homeless

A nonprofit group is taking a novel approach to helping the homeless in San Francisco with a new bus that allows them to take a shower. The former public transit bus has been outfitted with two full private bathrooms and offers hot showers, clean toilets, shampoo, soap and towels free of charge. The founder of the nonprofit Lava Mae mobile shower bus said she wanted to return a sense of dignity to those living on the streets. "If you're homeless, you're living on the streets and you're filthy, you're trying to improve your circumstances, but you can't interview for a job, you can't apply for housing and you get disconnected from your sense of humanity," Doniece Sandoval said. "So a shower just in of itself is amazing for people." Lava Mae says the bus is mobile, allowing it to reach homeless people scattered throughout the city. And having a facility on wheels eliminates the potential for rent hikes and evictions in a city with high real estate prices. A homeless survey in 2013 counted more than 6,400 homeless people in San Francisco. The $75,000 cost to refurbish the Lava Mae bus was provided by private donations.

A good deed

Veteran gets check after he's robbed

A 101-year-old veteran in Carson City, Nev., who was the victim of a home invasion robbery over the Memorial Day weekend has received a $1,000 check during a surprise visit from supporters. Members of Western Nevada College's Student Veterans Club presented the check to James Sorrentino on Friday. Organizer Bill Herron says the group wanted Sorrentino to know the community is behind him and people aren't all bad.

Got you

Chase ends at police academy

Police say a man who fled from a Mississippi traffic stop was apparently so focused on getting away he unknowingly ran into a law enforcement academy. Biloxi police Chief John Miller told the Sun-Herald that Roger Beasley Jr., 30, was stopped by officers on U.S. 90 in the city. Miller said Beasley jumped from his vehicle and ran. According to police, Beasley didn't notice marked police cars outside the Harrison County Law Enforcement Training Academy. He ran into the building while training was in session — and was arrested. Charges include possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

Jail fashion

Black-and-white stripes are passe

A Michigan sheriff says he's trading his inmates' orange jumpsuits for black-and-white stripes, in part due to pop culture. Saginaw County Sheriff William Federspiel told the Saginaw News that all-orange jumpsuits are increasingly viewed as fashionable, especially because they're seen on popular TV shows such as the Netflix smash hit Orange Is the New Black. The jailhouse fashions last for two to three years come relatively cheap: $11.73 apiece.

Compiled from wire services

Bus becomes shower for the homeless 07/21/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 12:30am]

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