Duwara Consciousness is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in San Diego, CA that feeds, showers & helps everyone from all walks of life.
The various programs at Duwara Consciousness provide jobs, food, housing, showers and laundry facilities to un-sheltered individuals. Here is more about their programs:
Our un-sheltered neighbors tell us the facts – the showers they might otherwise have access to do not provide the needed cleanliness, privacy, hot water, security, or availability that they need – and they often have no access to affordable laundry ($10-$15 per load at the laundromat).
Good hygiene is as unattainable as it is critical for our homeless neighbors in San Diego. Lack of hygiene can be a profound detriment to one’s dignity and only exacerbates the other problems associated with homelessness and job insecurity.
DCF is dedicated to addressing this key aspect of hygiene. Offering 7 shower stalls (1 wheelchair/family unit) and 2, 20-lb washers and dryers, DCF’s Shower Trailer Program offers these services on a scale unparalleled in San Diego. As many of our homeless neighbors are transient, the mobility of our showers enables us to serve them wherever they reside.
The Land Project
Duwara Consciousness Foundation has been striving towards its boldest project yet by purchasing just under 120 acres of farmland in San Diego. Building a regenerative forest farm, (see www.foundationfarms.life) will become the largest permaculture farm in San Diego. As well as pouring CO2 back into the ground from the air, Foundation Farms will create a co-op which each farmer will become a part owner of; therefore, profits and dividends will go back to the very farmers who have helped build back this once malnourished piece of land. Each farmworker will be part of the farmworker housing program to help each farmer grow in knowledge within the farming world, build a business mindset through the projects on-site and ultimately leave with savings to help propel each person to their full potential.
Room & board will be available through an exchange program— either work exchange or monetary exchange. In the work exchange program, guests will build valuable work skills and commit to the concepts of earning to live and living to give. Each guest will actively enhance the community and create social networks, re-engaging into society. These exchanges are best suited for guests who are less than fully employed and can commit at least 3 hours per day to working on the farm, on the grounds, or in the kitchen. Health/exercise programs, job skills training and other part-time employment will all be offered as part of the path to empowerment.
DCF previously offered the county’s only 100% donation-based mobile food operation. They provided good, nutritious, hot meals to those for whom they would otherwise be a rarity. The project worked to 1) alleviate food insecurity, 2) promote nutrition/health and 3) promote relationship-building for San Diego County’s most vulnerable populations. However, after they lost access to a commercial prep kitchen, they sold the food trailer to help fuel their larger land project (mentioned above).
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