Tailing off my coverage of the homeless scene in NoCo (seen here and here), I came across a great form of support for those currently in the throws of poverty.

We all remember the smelly kid in school, but I'm sure we never considered the backstory or the day-to-day struggles of these students.

The Mobile Laundry Program is a progressive effort in breaking barriers between school absences, social stigma and finding employment.

Personally, I'm very interested in the humanitarian stigma surrounding homelessness and am always searching to better understand potential resources.

According to Poudre and Thompson School District reports, an average of 1,750 students experiences homelessness annually and NoCo students are frequently absent from school and struggle with self-esteem issues. Not having clean clothes is an overlooked barrier to success for both school-aged children and the homeless community who are working to secure employment.

According to Homeward Alliance, The Mobile Laundry Program is collaborating with Larimer County to identify families in need as they select regular locations in Loveland and Fort Collins for residents to drop off their dirty clothes. Clothes will be cleaned, dried, folded and ready for pickup approximately 90 minutes after drop-off. Mobile Laundry is prepared to combat the cost, time and transportation associated with extreme poverty.

You can help by making a tax-deductible donation with your credit card or through a direct account transfer by clicking here. Include “Mobile Laundry” in the box that asks “What inspired you to donate today?”

You can also mail a check to “Northern Colorado Laundry Truck”, P.O. Box 948, Fort Collins, CO 80522

For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, email Pat or Woody at LarimerMobileLaundry@gmail.com or call 970-460-6451