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Group rolls out new way for homeless to get a clean start

A look inside Vigilant Hope's shower trailer that will be ready to roll in a few weeks. (Source: WECT) A look inside Vigilant Hope's shower trailer that will be ready to roll in a few weeks. (Source: WECT)
Jeremy Hardy stands in the shower trailer and describes his hopes for it. (Source: WECT) Jeremy Hardy stands in the shower trailer and describes his hopes for it. (Source: WECT)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

Vigilant Hope is working to give people without a home a clean start by offering free showers in their new shower trailer.

Executive Director Jeremy Hardy said they originally got the idea from a disaster relief nonprofit.

"This is something that was kind of just birthed from just a vision we had and knew that we needed to fit the need here in Wilmington," Hardy explained.

Their vision includes a trailer hitched onto a pickup truck. Two showers are set to be installed in the trailer within the coming weeks.

"There'll be a sink here with a mirror for people to shave and wash up, and then there'll be two shower units with a dressing room in front of them,” said Hardy, adding that putting the showers back to back acts as a dividing wall for the men and women.

Hardy explained the organization has spoken to homeless people about the idea.

"They're ecstatic just to get a free shower," Hardy said with a smile.

Hardy hopes the shower trailer will allow for people without a home to get a fresh start.

"We feel if we can get them in to take a shower, their dignity might be restored, and they might be able to go through some job training, and then eventually get out of homelessness after they've received some of our help," Hardy explained.

He said the showers will be offered on Monday mornings, Wednesdays at lunch, Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings.

"That'll be the majority of [Epworth United Methodist] and the church on Fifth and Greenfield," Hardy said.

Hardy believes the 16 foot trailer will be enough room to shower and change without being too cramped and still allow Vigilant Hope to travel around easily.

"This is perfect for allowing mobility and also just enough room," Hardy said as he walked around the inside of the now empty trailer.

The group will shower people with hope and try to bring the community together.

"We want to get the community involved and actually see the true needs so they can make a difference themselves," said Hardy, explaining the truck will cost about $100 per month.

He said people donating their time and services have helped ease the expenses.

Click here to find out how to help out Vigilant Hope.

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