Called "Refresh Lancaster," the unit provides weekly hygiene, basic medical and referral services to the homeless population of Lancaster County. The trailer contains two large bathrooms with showers and enough room for individuals to change and shave.
The mobile unit first hit the streets in December. The truck and trailer cost about $122,000 and was funded through a combination of grants from the Lancaster County Community Foundation, state and federal programs.
With a few below-freezing exceptions, Lancaster EMS has rolled out the welcome mat in four locations — Columbia, Elizabethtown, New Holland and the city of Lancaster — with a fifth planned in Ephrata Borough.