How it all began

Thee story of Laundry Love began with T-Bone, a gentleman living in Ventura, California. In one particular conversation, a question was asked of him: “T-Bone, how can we come alongside your life in a way that would matter?” His response was honest and practical. “If I had clean clothes I think people would treat me like a human being.” Every single Laundry Love program around the U.S. is attached to this man. His desire for worth and welcome is found in us all. We all yearn to be treated as human beings. We never thought that this simple conversation 15 years ago would spark an idea that continues to influence and care for tens of thousands of people every month. Thee creative and collective energy used to sustain, expand and share Laundry Love with you reminds us that every human being has tremendous worth, value and possibility. 

“This Service is huge help for all local residents. I use Laundry Love when I cannot afford to pay my own way…I am so grateful it is available. The residents that don’t need this are very happy that we don’t stink. We really love the Judy lady and Quarter lady.”                                                                                            Laundry Love Client

In February 2019, Peninsula Poverty Response decided Laundry Love was a good way to help reduce the impact of poverty on our neighbors. The programs costs approximately $250 a week to provide laundry services to 28-32 guests. The program is solely funded by donations.

Quarters are a powerful tool in mitigating the effects of poverty in our community. Laundry Love is growing, in August, 710 quarters, totaling $177.50, were used for 142 loads of laundry, serving an average of 19 families per week. In January 2020, 28-32 families used more than 900 quarters and more than $225 a week for laundry. We love seeing Laundry Love grow.

Single mom, Sandra, told Laundry Love volunteers, “Free laundry on Wednesdays is much needed in my life. Single parent life can be tough, but free laundry Wednesday makes it a lot easier.”

We are grateful that our greater community has been generous with their quarters, and we are planning to continue this program. To help with Laundry Love, you can make donations by mailing a check to Peninsula Poverty Response, P.O. Box 655, Ocean Park, WA 98640.

Did you know Laundry Love does more than 2,000 free loads of laundry every year? It’s true.