For 80 years, Standard Textile has been partnering with organizations to help bring comfort to those in need. To honor our company’s legacy of inspiring care, comfort, and change in our communities, we have expanded our commitment by launching “Standard Textile Cares, ” a national program to combat homelessness.
We are partnering with four non-profit organizations across the U.S. that provide mobile shower services to people living either on the streets or in insufficient housing, with a goal of supporting 80,000 showers by the end of 2021.
A Comprehensive Approach
It’s estimated that 150 million people are homeless worldwide, according to UN-Habitat, an organization that monitors homelessness globally. In the United States, approximately half a million individuals experience homelessness each day, and that number is increasing due to the pandemic crisis.
“Ending homelessness begins by treating those experiencing homelessness with dignity and respect. And it begins with basic essentials such as a safe place to bathe and a soft towel and blanket to provide comfort. These simple acts have the potential of changing outcomes and creating a better future for those in need.” – Gary Heiman, President & CEO, Standard Textile
We applaud the efforts of our partner organizations, including:
Hope Thru Soap – Serving communities in Atlanta, Georgia
LavaMaex – Serving San Francisco and Los Angeles, California
Shower Up – Serving Nashville, Tennessee; Huntsville, Alabama; and Wichita, Kansas
Streetside Showers – Serving the Dallas, Texas area and Palm Bay, Florida
“It takes a village to do this work, and we are honored that Standard Textile is partnering with us,” said Kris Kepler, Chief Executive Officer of LavaMaeX. “The towels, washcloths, and blankets they have donated will help our unhoused guests stay clean and warm this winter. The LavaMaeX staff and I are incredibly grateful for their commitment to helping restore dignity to our unhoused neighbors.”
Empowering and promoting the social and economic inclusion of all is a core value for Standard Textile. Our company was founded in 1940 by Charles Heiman who escaped the Dachau concentration camp. Mr. Heiman sought refuge in Cincinnati, Ohio where he and his family began sewing pillowcases in their third-floor apartment and delivered them to local inns and hospitals. As the need for textiles grew, Charles hired other refugees seeking sanctuary in Cincinnati.
Standard Textile’s mission is to create bed and bath products that provide comfort to all who use them. We are pleased that we can extend this value to assisting individuals during a time in their lives when care and comfort are needed the most.