REMOTE - Create Hygiene Kits for our Unhoused Neighbors!
Access to basic hygiene essentials is more important than ever for our unhoused neighbors. Project Ropa is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that helps restore dignity, rekindle optimism and empower the lives of people experiencing homelessness by providing clean clothes, hygiene kits and drinking water in a safe, humane and dignified way. Our retrofitted van functioning as a walk-in closet carries hope as well as a full selection of high-quality men's and women's clothing, shoes and accessories all neatly displayed on racks and shelves similar to a retail environment. Our Mobile Hygiene Service operates weekly in Downtown LA and Echo Park. We also do bi-weekly street outreach on the westside.
Our goal is to be able to distribute 1,700 kits a week.
We are looking for assistance creating hygiene kits to distribute to our unhoused neighbors. This can be done remotely by putting together items in a ziploc bag, tote bag or reusable grocery bag. Please note: Items for the hygiene kits will not be provided by us. We recommend reaching out to your network of friends and family to source the items.
All items can be travel-size or full-size.
Items to include in the kits are:
Nice to Have
- Body lotion
- Shaving cream
- Hand sanitizer
- Disinfecting wipes
- Travel-size facial tissue pack
- Toilet paper
- Lip balm
- Dental floss
- Hair bands
- Toothpaste and toothbrush
Contactless drop off or pickup available within a 15-mile radius of zip code 90094. Hygiene kits can also be mailed to us at: Project Ropa, 4712 Admiralty Way, #1226, Marina del Rey, CA 90292.
To learn more about Project Ropa visit our website at: www.projectropa.org
For questions or to schedule a drop off or pickup email: email@example.com
About Project Ropa
13970 Van Ness Avenue, Gardena, CA 90249, US
The mission of Project Ropa is to restore dignity and empower the lives of people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles by providing clean clothes, hygiene essentials, and employment opportunities while reducing textile waste and minimizing our carbon footprint.
Project Ropa was founded in 2016 by Caitlin Adler to address the challenges that people experiencing homelessness face in obtaining and keeping clean clothes. When you're homeless, it doesn't take long to look that way, and the world and your options in it shrink. Most homeless people literally have only the clothes on their backs. Access to clean clothing is essential to the overall well-being of a person and can be the key to opening doors to employment and housing.
How you look affects how you feel about yourself and how others treat you. We believe everyone deserves to be treated with respect. No one should have to wear dirty clothes or clothes that are ill-fitting.
We provide a curated selection of new and gently used high-quality men's and women's clothing, shoes and accessories, along with personal hygiene products -- all donated by local manufacturers, retailers and nonprofit partners -- which we bring to locations throughout the city each week in a retrofitted van that acts as a mobile walk-in closet. At the same time, the people we serve can take a shower offered by another service provider with whom we work in tandem.
Our social enterprise provides employment opportunities for previously incarcerated individuals and people transitioning out of homelessness to work with our Mobile Hygiene Service.