The Shower Truck/Shower Up

Nashville's Mobile Shower Truck

aka ShowerUp   |   Spring Hill, TN   |  www.showerup.org

Mission

Our mission is to build relationships, restore hope and dignity, and show the love of God with those in need by providing them with shower services and personal care. We do this utilizing a Mobile Shower Truck that is designed to provide a clean, safe and comfortable place to shower that is completely mobile and can go to various locations around the community.

Ruling year info

2016

Executive Director

Mr. Paul Schmitz

Main address

6019 Thrush Court

Spring Hill, TN 37174 USA

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EIN

81-3713374

NTEE code info

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Health Support Services (E60)

Unknown (Z99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In Nashville, like many of our major cities, homelessness is increasing and with that increase comes a need for basic hygiene services. Unfortunately, in Nashville, there are less than a dozen shower heads available to the homeless on a regular basis. That means that for the thousands of homeless in our community, they have no consistent, clean, and accessible locations to get a shower and personal care. We have 2 mobile shower units that go to where the homeless are to provide them with service. It's our hope that because of a renewed sense of dignity, hope and support, that Nashville's Chronically Homeless population will decrease. Right now it's 40% and that means that 2 out of every 5 homeless people are considered Chronically Homeless.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Operations

Our on-going operations includes providing mobile shower services and personal care for those in need. The operation of a ShowerUp event includes providing shower kit supplies, towels, etc. The expenses specific to an event include vehicle fuel, propane for the water heater and generator, fuel for the additional generator, water and sewer expenses, cleaning service and supplies. Operational costs include administration, insurance, professional services, fee and subscriptions, vehicle maintenance, truck supplies and repairs, office supplies, misc.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Average number of service recipients per month

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Operations

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2017 we had 1 mobile shower unit. Now in 2020 we have 4 and are serving over 500 people per month.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is to help those experiencing homelessness to find hope and support plus an opportunity to renew dignity and health through mobile shower and personal care services. It is our goal that Nashville's statistic of 40% of our homeless being Chronically Homeless will dramatically decrease as those we serve are renewed in every aspect of their lives. In the coming year, (2019) we hope to be able to serve 5000 people.

We are actively recruiting and training volunteers to be able to operate our mobile shower units (currently 2) to be out and operational more often. We added a second mobile shower unit this year and added an additional day of service. Having 2 units at our locations not only doubles our capacity but also provides opportunity for more volunteer involvement. In the coming year, we hope to add an additional unit and reach extended areas where camps are set up and the people are in the most need.

Over the past year or so we have been building a volunteer roster and training up people in specific areas of operation. As we build these teams, we are also building partnerships with other organizations to provide multiple levels of service. We are also actively applying for grants to add an additional mobile shower unit which will allow us to support multiple teams and locations.

So far, in the past 18 months, nearly 2500 showers have been provided. Plus, we have been able to partner with volunteers who provide haircuts and shaves. We have been able to train an additional 3 team leaders and engaged with over 500 volunteers in the past 18 months.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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The Shower Truck/Shower Up

Board of directors
as of 5/28/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Paul Schmitz

Rhonda Schmitz

Augie Martorano

Gaby Martorano

Carl Leiker

Leah Leiker

Pete Wilson

Brian Welch

Community Volunteer

Erin Welch

Community Volunteer

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 05/28/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability