“We got started as a result of seeing the fantastic work that food vans and the like do for homeless people. Food, healthcare and support are all readily available yet there is minimal affordable access to hygiene services and we feel it is an area that is overlooked.”
Sky Laundry is Australia’s first mobile laundry service for the homeless. Founded by Lucas Patchett and Nicholas Marchesi. Together, the two friends from Brisbane turned an old white panel van into a mobile laundry.
Currently, with two washers and two dryers, the van is able to cater to 10 people per hour.
Check out their website at Orange Sky to find out more and to donate.
Though it can be a struggle, homeless people can typically find organizations that serve food, offer medical care and provide shelter. But when it comes to finding a way to wash their clothes and blankets, there are often few, if any, groups that offer free cleaning services. That’s what inspired Australian friends Lucas Patchett and Nicholas Marchesi to start the country’s first mobile Laundromat for people living on the streets.
In July, the two launched Orange Sky Laundry by revamping an old white van and buying a portable generator, so they can get power in public places. They then turned to supporters who donated two washers and dryers, which allows them to wash about 44 pounds of laundry every hour.
Orange Sky will operate in Brisbane five days a week in various public spaces and will source water from local parks and businesses. Their ultimate goal is to raise hygiene health standards and help to restore homeless people’s integrity, something that already appears to be working.