Betty’s Shower

Restoring dignity, one shower at a time

In the fall of 2008, Betty received the Minerva Award from Maria Shriver, then First Lady of California.  Along with this award came a cash prize of $25,000, which Betty used to apply towards the cost of building a shower and laundry facility for the homeless.  The community rallied behind Betty and her passion for helping the homeless, and helped Betty raise enough money to build a nice quality shower facility for her people to use.


Betty’s determination to build a shower facility started in 2008 when a local homeless man in a wheelchair was too ashamed to come close to her to get some food because he ‘stunk’.  He said

he would bathe in the bay that night, and asked for some clean clothes.  That night the man drowned, and Betty vowed to make it her goal to get a shower facility built.

The shower facility was finished in 2010, built off the back corner of the St. Vincent de Paul Dining Facility in Eureka.  Showers are made available to people living in their cars or outdoors.  We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.  We have rules that need to be followed, and Betty insists that everyone be treated with respect.

Open Mondays and Wednesdays

Sign up for shower times: 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.

Open hours: 8 a.m. – 12 noon

WHERE:  35 W. Third Street, Eureka (back corner of St. Vincent de Paul Dining Facility)


Betty at the ribbon-cutting ceremony along with Maria Shriver,
Wes Chesbro and other enthusiastic supporters, in July of 2010.