Project Ropa is a free mobile hygiene service that brings a curated selection of new and gently used high-quality men's and women's clothing, shoes and accessories, along with personal hygiene products directly to people experiencing homelessness in Downtown Los Angeles and Echo Park.
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. Most homeless people literally have only the clothes on their backs.
We believe everyone deserves to be treated with respect. How you look affects how you feel about yourself and how others treat you. No one should have to wear dirty clothes or clothes that are ill-fitting.
In light of the rapidly developing COVID-19 epidemic, the need for our Mobile Hygiene Service is more vital than ever. Hygiene services can help reduce the spread of the virus to our homeless neighbors and community.
To help cover the costs to operate our mobile hygiene services we source surplus and dead stock fabric scraps and rolls from local manufacturers and retailers and sell the items to the public. All the proceeds go directly back into funding our direct services for the unhoused.
We are looking for volunteers to help sort our fabric donations and catalog new inventory for our e-commerce shop.
We sort donations at our warehouse on Mondays and Wednesdays between 9am-3pm and bi-weekly on Fridays and Saturdays between 10am-2pm.
As a token of our appreciation for your volunteer work you will be able to take home for free fabric as well as sample and mendable clothes for men and women.
We provide a mask, gloves and hand sanitizer to all volunteers and sanitize our work table at the beginning and end of every shift. In light of COVID-19 we are limiting the number of people in our warehouse.
If you have any questions email us at: email@example.com
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.