DCF offers the county’s only 100% donation-based mobile food operation. We are committed to providing good, nutritious, hot meals to those for whom they would otherwise be a rarity. The goals of this project are to 1) alleviate food insecurity, 2) promote nutrition/health and 3) promote relationship-building for San Diego County’s most vulnerable populations. We plan to expand our current food trailer operation to 10 meal servings/week, pending support from our community to make this happen.
As part of this expansion, we are looking to collaborate with organizations, volunteers and donors across San Diego County. At Duwara Consciousness Foundation, we recognize that a single meal will not alleviate indigence— but it is a crucial start. We believe rehabilitation starts with eliminating the insecurity of basic needs, and promoting successful life habits.
Duwara Consciousness Foundation’s Shower Bus Program will provide over 30,000 mobile showers and 7,500 loads of laundry per year for our county’s 40,000 experiencing homelessness.
Good hygiene is as unattainable as it is critical for our homeless neighbors in San Diego. Many have minimal access to showers or laundry services. At $10-$15 per load at the laundromat, staying fresh is more than a person living on the streets can afford. Lack of hygiene can be a profound detriment to one’s dignity and only exacerbates the other problems associated with homelessness and job insecurity.
Dedicated to addressing this key aspect of fighting homelessness, DCF’s Shower Bus Program hopes to offer these services on a scale San Diego has never seen. And as many of our homeless neighbors are transient, the mobility of our showers enables us to serve them wherever they reside.
Our existing Food Trailer Program serves the same community and will operate in tandem with the Shower Bus.
The intention of Duwara Consciousness Foundation’s Saving & Changing Lives Land Project is to provide individuals and families a conduit to permanent housing. The 20+ acres of land purchased in San Diego County will be equipped with transitional micro-housing and offer job training in the various aspects of operations at the property. DCF’s Land Project will offer a safe, stable, accessible path out of shelter insecurity for anybody who is ready to embrace their full potential.
Room & board will be available through an exchange program— either work exchange or monetary exchange. In the work exchange program, guests will build valuable work skills and commit to the concepts of earning to live and living to give. Each guest will actively enhance the community and create social networks, re-engaging into society. These exchanges are best suited for guests who are less than fully employed, and can commit at least 3 hours per day to working on the farm, on the grounds, or in the kitchen. Health/excercise programs, job skills training and other part-time employment will all be offered as part of the path to empowerment.