The "Mobile Shower Trailer" article (The News-Review , March 4) was a very positive example of how a community provides vital services during stressful times. Rodney Linton is to be commended for developing and initiating this program. Director Linton and the dedicated volunteers at St. Vincent's continue to provide outstanding services at a time many are struggling to meet the basic needs of daily living.

While there seems to be less positive news these days, it is encouraging to see highlights of the good work being done in the community.

Carleen House


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I agree that the mobile showers are an excellent thing. Living rough is hard enough. It's difficult for people to get motivated to do things like get medical care, mental health or addiction services or any other thing to help themselves if they're ashamed of how they look and smell. People often can't see it, but many street people feel great shame over their situation and they've learned to act defensive, even aggressive, in order to protect their raw feelings. Getting clean is one way to restore a small semblance of dignity, which every human needs.

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