A “retired” Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) bus, now out of service for several months, is expected to be ” soon back on the road.”
But it will not be picking up regular passengers.
Instead, it will become a mobile shower for the homeless.
Dominica-born Deborah Daniel, a program manager with a Toronto organization of women artists, told the Caribbean Camera this week that the bus which was donated for her “hygiene on wheels” project has to be stripped of its seats and installed with toilet and bath facilities.
And funds are being raised ” to get the bus back on the road,” she said.
She said that while many people have volunteered to help on the “hygiene on wheels” project, it needs about $100,000 ” to get things going.”
And a GoFundMe campaign has been launched.
Daniel got the idea for the project after her visits to a branch of the Toronto Public Library where she kept seeing a lot of homeless people – ” people in need of something as basic as a shower.”
“And I asked myself: How can we expect people to get jobs if they continue to wear the same dirty clothes and haven’t had a decent shower?”
She said she then did some research and discovered that ” in Australia and in California in the United States there are indeed showers on buses.”
“So I felt if there are showers on buses in these places, why not Toronto?”
She then contacted the TTC and asked whether it would donate a bus for her proposed ” hygiene on wheels” project.
The response was positive. Last December she got the bus which has been stripped of the TTC logos, its fare box and its Presto reader.
TTC spokesperson Stuart Green said the bus had been in service since 2003.
“Hopefully, it will continue to serve a good purpose,” he added.