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The nonprofit organization iHOPEoc, Inc., which offers basic needs and referral services to the homeless and working poor, announced on Monday it will resume its mobile shower program, and officials said they plan to focus on “in-the-field outreach,” according to a press release.

Volunteer training to assist with the program will take place 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 19 in Capistrano Beach. The locations are to be determined, officials said. Volunteers can email to find out where to go. A paid security guard will be onsite. Volunteers who can assist with the showers and/or transporting the shower trailer to serving locations are invited to attend. New volunteers as well as former iHOPE volunteers will need to attend a training.

After leaving its San Clemente location in 2014, iHOPE officials said they were unable to find a permanent spot for operations and discontinued the shower service.

“To that end, iHOPE has transitioned operation of its San Clemente-based thrift store, iHOPE Treasures, to the non-profit Illumination Foundation,” the release stated.  “Instead, caseworkers have been meeting in the field—in partnership with Welcome INN—assisting with services designed to help the less fortunate get back on their feet and become self-sufficient. Some of the services provided include replacement IDs and driver’s licenses, cell phone provision, bus passes, long-distance transportation to reunite homeless with families, temporary shelter during inclement weather, sleeping bags and winter clothing, as well as referrals to mental health, medical and Social Security providers.”

iHOPE collaborates efforts with Welcome INN, Illumination Foundation and other organizations.

“iHOPE will continue to connect homeless and working poor individuals and families with food, recuperative care (Illumination Foundation), job training and placement and permanent supportive housing,” the release stated. “Through generous grants from individuals and organizations and the highly successful iHOPE Golf Classic, iHOPE was able to purchase a mobile shower trailer and raise the funds necessary to run a quality outreach program in 2016.”

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