Model & Strategy

LavaMae X  is a nonprofit accelerator that’s building a worldwide network of providers who take critical services to the street, where the unhoused need them most. With an approach rooted in Radical Hospitality®—meeting people, wherever they are, with extraordinary care—LavaMae X is changing the way the world sees and serves our unhoused neighbors, and helps restore dignity, rekindle optimism and fuel a sense of opportunity for people experiencing homelessness.

LavaMae X evolved from Lava Mae, the nonprofit innovator of mobile hygiene services. The organization restructured in January 2020 in response to rising interest in replicating its services globally, proving the massive need for street-based services and training others to deliver Radical Hospitality.

LavaMae X aims to help communities develop programs that serve 100,000 unhoused individuals around the globe by 2024. In order to succeed, LavaMae X offers replicators tools such as the buildIt online platform, a free DIY toolkit and forum that helps anyone, anywhere launch a mobile hygiene program. The kit covers everything from getting started to finding funders to taking Radical Hospitality to the street. Additionally, LavaMae X provides hands-on training for effectively operating a mobile hygiene service and safely managing guest behavior. When possible, it connects replicators to resources, including funding opportunities.

At a Glance
Founded: 2013
Founder & CEO: Doniece Sandoval
Systemic Poverty
Location of work: Domestic, West Coast
LavaMae X
San Francisco, CA
Delivering dignity & opportunity – one mobile shower at a time
Blue Lava Mae Bus
Doniece Sandoval of Lava Mae
Meet Doniece Sandoval

Doniece Sandoval was compelled to start Lava Mae based on a fierce belief that everyone has a right to dignity, which brings opportunity and the knowledge that access to showers and sanitation are in serious short supply for the homeless.  For her work, she received the Innovation Award at the 2015 Bank of the West Philanthropy Awards.

Doniece has orchestrated marketing, PR and development for both private and nonprofit organizations including ZERO1: The Art & Technology Network, San Jose Museum of Art, Wilson McHenry Company, Informix, DoubleClick, Toysrus.com, McGuire & Company for Coca Cola and ACA Joe among others. Her passion is finding unique solutions to problems that matter to her.

IMPACT

Since its launch, the organization has fielded more than 4,320 inquiries from city agencies, nonprofits, governments, refugee aid organizations and individuals in 38 countries seeking to provide similar services—and has already trained, directly advised or inspired more than 170 programs in 148 communities in 11 countries to create mobile hygiene services based on LavaMae X–designed programs.

  • RT @preventionpp: As part of a 2-yr pilot, the truck will initially have 2 stops between 11:30am & 1:30pm during the week: 1 day in Kensing…
  • Do the neighbors living on your streets have access to showers? Make it happen. We'll teach you how. Join us this… https://t.co/97xIqVEoWv
  • RT @eunicelnichols: Thanks @IrvineFdn for inviting me to be part of this conversation on pandemic challenges and pivots. Loved sharing the…
  • "We get tearful thanks from many of our clients, as they do not have running water and this helps to provide safer… https://t.co/OCuPnL3T4h
  • Hey Brooklyn, meet your new mobile shower program! 🎉 Since 2018, LavaMaeˣ has been consulting with @WeAreBCS ever… https://t.co/DdndsQHN29
  • RT @thinkshift: As we seek long-term solutions to systemic problems, @lavamaex founder Dionece Sandoval reminds us that the voices of the p…
  • RT @HawaiianEyeFNDN: #TBT to the unveiling and blessing of our Kauaʻi #HieHie mobile hygiene unit on April 12th 🙌 To date, Project Vision…
  • We're loving our new weekly shower service site in @TemescalDist Oakland! We've got so much in store for this new l… https://t.co/o9Zed8uOZr
  • Service Update: Last Day at GLIDE! Serving the Tenderloin has been an absolute joy, but unfortunately this is the… https://t.co/ErmfxwxhmO
  • Hey Oakland, our showers are back! We're excited to announce that we're relaunching shower service in Oakland! Spe… https://t.co/iVjsqlHd5o
  • RT @ATCSF: It bears repeating often--we CAN eliminate chronic homelessness. The main barrier is not a lack of money. It is not a lack of ho…
  • RT @mercycorps: Community handwashing stations help ALL people protect themselves against #COVID19. @LoveBeyondWalls @lavamaex @GlblCtzn ht…
  • A shower restores your dignity, and gives you joy! By using @RightToShower head-to-toe cleansers, you help us fund… https://t.co/04QT7oP9BW
  • RT @thinkshift: Kudos for helping your affiliates with communications! We're honored to have played a part. Outreach is vital when providin…
  • Public relations can be daunting, but we're here to help. Introducing our very own PR Toolkit for our service provi… https://t.co/dTzkfSQDU4
  • We LOVE our LA team! Amber, Joey and Javier embody Radical Hospitality, even during COVID-19. Show them some love… https://t.co/TC6MH92aLx
  • "When you have practiced something for so long, it’s almost natural for you to want to teach it." Listen to our CE… https://t.co/ZQKUUb2ItF