Drew Broderick of North Fort Myers, Florida, knows firsthand how difficult it is to be homeless.
After losing his construction business to the recession, Broderick was forced out of his home. The worst part about being homeless, he tells Fort Myers’ NBC2, was not being able to shower.
“You go to the gas station trying to wash up in the sinks and the managers are knocking on the door yelling at you and cussing at you because they know what you’re doing in there,” he said.
His time on the streets inspired Broderick to turn his now-unused construction trailer into a mobile shower unit so that he can offer free showers to the homeless community of Fort Myers. So far, his innovative idea has been a huge hit.
“They come out of there looking like a million bucks, giving me big hugs and crying,” he says. “It’s been a beautiful experience.”
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Lucy Bonsanto, CEO of Lucy’s Love and Light Ministries, agrees that a hot shower can make all the difference to those in need.
“I know I provide them with clothes and food and haircuts and meals and a lot of other love, but there’s something about that hot shower, it just trumps it,” she says.
Unfortunately, Broderick was recently forced to sell his truck and therefore can no longer drive his mobile shower unit around the community. He hopes to raise enough money to get the unit on the road again. Donations can be made to “Showers for Homeless Fort Myers” on a GiveForward crowdfunding page.