"I am so grateful that Veronica was the Project Lead on The Street Store initiative for Lava Mae's Pop-Up Care Villages! As the Project Manager of this outdoor free store, Veronica always goes above and beyond by initiating clothing drives with our corporate partners by getting clothing and hygiene donations from the employees who work there and want to contribute and recycle clothing that they do not need and is in very good condition. 

The Street Store has become the most coveted service at our Pop Up Care Villages that we do every month.  Veronica was there at the very first event we organized and helped us test out what worked.  We added services along the way and the model is always growing. 

 

We rely on our team leaders to do this event, as we are serving over 300 people from 9 - 2pm in the middle of Civic Center, outside of the Libary.  Our guests enjoy walking through the street store and choosing items that they need the most, and often folks will come by who have lost all of their stuff in a sweep, and they can get the basics at The Street Store and get back on their feet. 

Veronica went above and beyond by designing t-shirts for her team, sending out a newsletter to get clothing donations and printed the wishlist for the types of clothing we needed every month for the free store. 

 

Every month she arranged the pick up and drop off of thousands of pounds of jeans, backpacks, hygiene supplies, boots, socks and more for people moving through homelessness.

 

She also collected an enormous amount of hygiene supplies, put together "care packages" and distributed them with love to hundreds of guests at the care villages! Thank you Veronica, you are a rockstar!" 

- Priyam Joshi 

Community Engagement Manager, 

Lava Mae

2016