GTT Mobile Showers

There are not enough showers or restrooms available for those living on the streets. 
To provide more dignity to our unhoused neighbors, we are rolling out a new program. The unit will have 2 showers and 2 restrooms.

GTT staff will take the unit to various communities throughout the City, for a limited amount of hours each time.  Each time the unit is taken out, staff and volunteers will oversee operations.  GTT will be implementing policies and procedures of successful counterparts, such as Lava Mae, located in San Francisco.

GTT is seeking partners to provide: host locations (private lots) with electricity and water hook up available; a truck to pull the shower unit; man and woman power aka volunteers; towels; clean clothing; drinking water; barber services; toiletries; and much more!

We are also fundraising and are $3,824 away from reaching our goal of raising $12,500. GTT has 37 days left to raise $3,824 to receive our match donation of $12,500 from a local nonprofit supporter, Burrito Boyz. 

The more community support and volunteers we have, the more frequently we can circulate the showers to various neighborhoods.  We can serve at least 20 individuals each time the shower goes out. 

Our goal is to launch this program at the start of the New Year and provide the opportunity for those on the streets to get a fresh start in 2016. 

Our vision is to provide basic dignity with warm showers, as well as access to other much-needed services, such as outreach case workers and health services. If you are interested in being a host location, donating, or becoming a partner, please contact our Executive Director, Heather Pollock, at heather@girlsthinktank.org.

To donate directly to this program:
Please be sure to denote Mobile Shower Program on PayPal notes so we can credit your participation to this program, thank you.

We appreciate all donations

Grand Jury Says San Diego Needs More Downtown Public Restrooms

The new restroom is free and will be open 24 hours a day.

The new restroom is free and will be open 24 hours a day.

The city needs to install more public restrooms in downtown San Diego, establish a budget to maintain the facilities and put in signage directing people to the nearest locations, according to a county grand jury report released Wednesday.

According to the report, an advisory committee dealing with redevelopment in the East Village was the first — 14 years ago — to raise the issue of the lack of downtown restroom facilities available to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Since then, two 24/7 restrooms have been added. The Portland loos were installed last November and in January at a cost of $560,000 — double the initial estimate for various reasons, according to the report.

The prefabricated metal structures are at Market Street and Park Boulevard, and 14th and L streets, both near Petco Park.

Those two, and a public restroom next to City Hall, are the only ones available to the public at all hours in the downtown area. Another is currently under construction at Horton Plaza.

The grand jury said San Francisco, by comparison, has 25 restrooms open around the clock.

Additional, well-maintained public restrooms would benefit the general public, outdoor workers, tourists, visitors and the homeless, the grand jury said, while also reducing health, safety and environmental hazards.

The mayor and City Council are required to respond to the report by Aug. 25.



GTT would like to thank everyone who came out to support basic dignity and GTT at our 6th annual Gala, Wild West Round Up for Rights, which was held April 18, 2015.  The event was a great success!

We would like to extend a special thanks to the Victorian Roses for their classy contribution to attendee photo ops, as well as to Wild Bill’s Western Emporium, for giving attendees a discount on western attire, and for providing us with great décor!

A BIG thank you is owed to all of our amazing volunteers, sponsors, and restaurant and chef participants - Carnitas’ Snack Shack; Sirena Gourmet Latin Seafood; Catalina Offshore Products; Berry Good Night; The Red Door Restaurant and Wine Bar; Bull Taco; Cupcakes Squared; and coffee provided by James Coffee Co., as well as to our fantastic DJ, Eric Cahill from GiG Entertainment, our speakers – Paul Boden from Western Regional Advocacy Project, and a representative from Council President Per Tem Marti Emerald’s office – and YOU, our attendees who helped dance the night away while showing your support for those living on the streets!

Here's a link to the welcome pictures for the event ... enjoy!




Basic Dignity Coalition - Portland Loo Project

Grand Jury Says San Diego Needs More Downtown Public Restrooms

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The city needs to install more public restrooms in downtown San Diego, establish a budget to maintain the facilities and put in signage directing people to the nearest locations, according to a county grand jury report released Wednesday.

After four years of hard work, and a collaborative effort between GTT volunteers, Basic Dignity Campaign partners, the City of San Diego, and many, many, more, San Diego finally has its permanent 24/7 public access flushing restroom, the Portland Loo. GTT will continue to advocate for more access to public restrooms on behalf of the homeless, and will continue to work towards advancing basic dignity.  The continued support of our donors is monumental in allowing GTT to continue our work.  For more information on this Project click here.

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Transitional Storage Center at its New Home !!

As of May 1, 2014 the Center is located at 252 16th Street, San Diego, CA 92101. We have expanded at our new location, and now have 353 bins available for use.  This is the most bins in use since the start of the TSC.  While this is a great achievement, there is still a need for more bins, as we have a waiting list of approximately 120 people. Read more here


Thank You to our Transitional Storage Center (TSC) Supporters

David Allen, with Trestle Development, LLC, for being the catalyst that brought about the new Transitional Storage Center location.  Without him, the Center may not have found such a perfect long-term solution.

Richard Gentry and the San Diego Housing Commission for their generous donation of the new home for the Transitional Storage Center.

Hon. Todd Gloria, and the City of San Diego, for working together to ensure the longevity of this valuable program.
Steven Cooper, Pastor at Harbor Presbyterian Church, for getting the support and involvement of his congregation in helping save the Transitional Storage Center, as well as the support of the faith-based community.
All of our donors who helped to support the sustainability of the new location, including
  • The Anthony Robbins Foundation
  • Downtown Fellowship
  • Jerry Navarra from Jerome’s Furniture
  • Keith Jones from Ace Parking
  • Michael McConnell
  • Lauren and Paul Scott