Pueblo Cooperative Care Center rolls out mobile shower program

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PUEBLO, Colo. — Pueblo Cooperative Care Center helps people in need access to food, clothes, and other services in Pueblo County. In 2019, they provided help to more than 32,000 people in the area.

On Tuesday, the organization unveiled its new Shower Trailer. A trailer that allows people who don’t have access to hot water, a bathroom, and toiletries a chance to use the facility for free.

There are two restrooms plus one handicap bathroom.

The shower will begin operating Wednesday, July 8, and will be open every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in the Cooperative Care Parking lot at the intersection of 8th and Grand Avenue from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

“One person’s comment if you stink like an animal than you feel like an animal,” said President of Cooperative Care’s Board of Directors, Joe Musso. “Dignity. It just comes down to dignity.”

A hot shower and a private place to clean up is something many of us take for granted.

“As we turn that shower on in the morning, we don’t think anything of it,” Musso said. “I’m a Vietnam vet and I remember what it was like to be dirty.”

The water works like an RV trailer, it hold 250 gallons of water and has a heater and A/C on board.

It has all the essentials like shampoo, conditioner, and soap. Those who use it will also get a clean towel, underwear, a T-shirt, and hygiene products.

“I have homeless friends that need a place to take a shower sometimes, and they really struggle for places to take a shower. That’s part of getting a job or anything else making it in the world,” said Misty Ellison who lives in Pueblo. “I really think it’s an added benefit to Pueblo.”

The organization streamed the Tuesday ribbon cutting on Facebook live, watch below:

The rig cost more than $100,000 but was paid for through donations from organizations like the United Way and CHFA.

>>Tap here to learn more about the organization.

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