Overflow 9:12 | Mobile Showers For the Unhoused
We at Overflow 9:12 serve the unhoused in Coachella Valley, California, with warm mobile showers, hygiene and grooming products, basic clothing and grace bags to go. And as often as possible we partner with a wide range of additional vital providers such as medical organizations, social services, civic groups, hot meal providers and caring volunteers in order to serve the unhoused with the hope-filled hand-to-hand love of God.
Overflow 9:12 is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity. We are supported through the gifts and donations of individuals, families, businesses, foundations, churches, and anyone who wishes to Overflow Showers, Compassion, Grace and Hope.
The greater the opportunity, the greater the responsibility.
HOW IT WORKS
Our guests will sign in and be given hygiene products, a fresh towel and a clean change of clothing before entering the shower.
Designed to be mobile so we can go to those who need us where they need us, the shower unit contains two private stalls, each with its own private entrance, a sink, bench, stand-up shower with hot water and air conditioning. When connected to host site power, water and sewer, our shower capacity is unlimited allowing us to serve all who come, each for a 15-minute period.
Shower units will be sanitized between each guest. At this time our showers are not ADA accessible and not designed for wheelchair use.
After our guests have enjoyed a refreshing shower, they can choose from a variety of grooming items, basic clothing, water and snacks to take with them. As often as possible various partners, many of whom are already generously providing vital unhoused services, will be onsite to offer hot meals, haircuts, medical, behavioral and personal care, and more.
Relationships are a fundamental element of Overflow 9:12. With our valued volunteers, generous host sites, collaborative partner organizations and our guests whom we welcome with open arms, we strive to cultivate meaningful connections that lift everyone with respect and dignity.
Everything we do is an overflow from the Inspiration, Vision and Mission that God has purposed for our lives. You can read about all that in the Who We Are section, but it's really easy to summarize: loving and serving others in the way of Jesus.
THIS IS WHO WE ARE
We at Overflow 9:12 are inspired by God's promise of a threefold effect from the fruit of this ministry:
1. The met needs of others 2. Blessings to the giver 3. Expressions of thanksgiving to God
The ministry of this service is not only supplying needs of the Lord's people, but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God. 2 Corinthians 9:12
Coachella Valley souls filled with the overflowing hope and salvation of Jesus.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
Provide mobile shower services and partner with additional providers in order to serve the unhoused with the unconditional compassion, generous grace, confident hope and undeniable truth of Jesus.
May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else. 1 Thessalonians 3:12
A warm shower is something most people take for granted. But for unhoused individuals in Coachella Valley, getting clean can be challenging. The unhoused often go long periods of time without a shower, a reality that can and often does have detrimental effects on physical as well as emotional and mental health. Mobile showers are a very real need that is insufficiently met in our area.
Overflow 9:12 began as one of those moments where you're sure God is telling you to do something, but you wonder if He knows what He is talking about!
And then dots began connecting in the most unlikely ways. Seeds planted a year prior suddenly sprouting. Meeting for the first time a couple who happened to have years of experience with mobile showers in another state. Professional collaborations eagerly stepping up as partners. Skilled volunteers zealous to jump in even when this idea didn't have a name and was nothing more than a whisper. Churches and other host sites happening across our paths at the most unexpected times. Civic organizations standing by with interest. Discovery of a close family tie with a man none of us ever met who, upon his passing, left behind mobile shower equipment which we were able to purchase. (More on beloved Tim Breon below.)
Some might say it’s serendipity. But we place credit where it belongs – firmly in the hands of the same God who told us what to do in the first place. We are humbled by the opportunity to help meet the need. And to grow this service for the benefit of every unhoused person in Coachella Valley needing a shower and all the love that comes with it.
Overflow 9:12 is a grassroots nonprofit organization based in the Coachella Valley. The founding seven members were brought together by the common threads of faith, commitment and hearts eager to lift up those in need by serving them with the unconditional compassion, generous grace, confident hope and undeniable truth of Jesus.
Our Board of Directors is composed of seven individuals of widely varying backgrounds. We bring with us our diverse experiences, skills and God-given gifts which allow us to manage and oversee our shared passion to serve.
Gary Paxton, President
Jackie Kouri, Treasurer
Tom Penton, Vice President
David Romano, Secretary
Ryan Gamaunt, Director
Matthew Kouri, Director
Lori Penton, Director
IN THE BEGINNING WITH TIM BREON
A stalwart, beloved man of relationships and service, Tim Breon has gone before us and, without ever being blessed to have met him before his passing, has inspired us in this shower ministry. Upon taking ownership of our mobile shower equipment, we learned of its origins. Tim. To some in the Coachella Valley, that’s all that needs to be said: Tim Breon. The man who’s never without the biggest, warmest smile and the brightly shining heart of a servant. Provider of hot meals to the unhoused in emergency shelters, dedicated volunteer at churches, youth organizations, food banks, and transitional housing for the unhoused and mothers and children in crisis. And in 2018 Tim started his own widely-known mobile shower ministry, buying the shower unit and truck that have now found their way to Overflow 9:12.
It is said by all who knew him that Tim’s life exemplified two priorities: loving God and loving others well. He kept his heart open to Jesus’s calling and his eyes open to opportunities for bringing relief, hospitality, dignity and respect to the most vulnerable and distressed among us. A humbling legacy for those of us inspired to follow.
His renowned smile and the faces of those Tim valued tell his story better than words.
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Overflow 9:12 volunteers are an essential part of what we do. Opportunities are available for every sort of skill, experience and comfort. And we strive to provide a sense of fulfillment for everyone who serves with us.
Whether it’s loading up the mobile shower unit and preparing for service, greeting and signing in guests, handing out shower supplies, being part of the shower clean-up crew, offering takeaway items, or just being there with a friendly smile and hug, Overflow 9:12 is designed to partner with volunteers with minimal training and maximum involvement.
We also take great pleasure in partnering with California certified/licensed service providers to meet additional needs of the unhoused such as meals, haircuts, dental and medical care. Such a "care village" approach serves to mobilize partners, increase convenient access to multiple services, and create a joyous, cohesive sense of community, all for the benefit of our unhoused guests. If you would like to partner with us, we would love to hear from you.
Please click here to email us with your name, contact info, availability (time/day) and specific areas of volunteer interest. We look forward to hearing from you!
Have an enormous servant's heart?
Eager to lift up our guests with compassion, grace and hope?
We could be your opportunity.