The company strongly believes that “everyone has a story,” which is why Craig and Danica are there to listen and provide for these neglected people.
Homelessness is an issue, and there are way too many people out on the streets without access to basic necessities one needs to survive, like food and clothes. They also have no way to take a shower or clean themselves on a regular basis, but their plight often goes unnoticed. Thankfully for them, there are people who go all out to do whatever they can to help such people. A couple from Hawaii has done just that, because they want the homeless “feel like humans” again, according to People. Revive + Refresh is a mobile shower service created by Craig Shoji and his wife Danica.
The idea came to them after the couple visited an underprivileged community in San Fransisco. They saw the conditions there and decided they wanted to help make a greater change in the world, according to Good Morning America. “I was walking down the street and there was a houseless individual there,” Craig told the outlet.” “I just told him, ‘Good morning,’ and he was kind of surprised that I said that to him because no one ever says anything to him.”
“It’s important to just treat people like normal people,” Craig said of his experience. After their trip in 2015, the couple initially started a service called "Laundry Love", where they handed out fresh clothes to the homeless, but it has since evolved into a much larger and more widespread nonprofit. Now, Revive + Refresh operates as a mobile trailer with two showers that the couple takes to events around Honolulu, Hawaii, to help various communities.
The company strongly believes that “everyone has a story,” which is why Craig and Danica are there to listen and provide for these neglected people. To date, the couple has served over 460 people at their events, with more than 250 people using the shower service. Guests are given 15 minutes in the trailer, providing them with the shower, a toilet, toilet paper, shower gel, and hand gel.
Now, they have expanded it, and those who come to avail a shower are also given a hot meal to consume. The best part of the experience? “Just to see their faces when they come out, it’s like a different person,” Craig said. Well, whatever they're doing is a truly selfless act of love, and it deserves recognition. A description on their website reads: Thinking that having clean clothes would be a help to houseless people, in October 2015, they founded FPC Laundry Love.
FPC Laundry Love, through a partnership with Waimanalo Laundry Service, pays for the cost to help the Waimanalo houseless, low income, and anyone in the community. While the guests are waiting for their laundry to go through the cycle they provided a hot meal and a time for fellowship and to build relationships. They managed FPC Laundry Love for 17 months before passing the program to Laura Kay Rand while they focused on establishing Revive + Refresh. Craig and Danica are the founders of Revive + Refresh to offer Mobile Hygiene Services (showers, toilets) for the houseless individuals.